Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel the first to make use of new decision letting MKs visit flashpoint Jerusalem holy site once every 3 months; calls for completely free access
By Michael Bachner and TOI staff | The Times of Israel
An Israeli minister on Sunday entered the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the first such visit since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lifted a three-year ban on lawmakers entering the flashpoint holy site.
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel of the religious right-wing Jewish Home party became the first lawmaker to make use of the permit and entered the compound, the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest in Islam, at the beginning of non-Muslim visitation hours shortly after 7 a.m.
Ariel last week welcomed the prime minister’s decision, but said that it did not go far enough.