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Likud's Hotovely gets death threats after Temple Mount visit

reposted from Times of Israel
November 27, 2014 Kislev 5, 5775

Knesset member has security boosted after police declare her a person under threat following publicized trip

by Itamar Sharon

Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely has received death threats following a recent visit to the Temple Mount, prompting increased watch over her home and commute, Channel 2 reported Tuesday evening.

Hotovely is now escorted by an armed guard at all times, the report said, after police declared her a person under threat. The right-wing MK, who serves as deputy minister of transportation, is one of a handful of right-wing legislators to have made publicized visits to the Jerusalem holy site in the past month, along with Likud's Moshe Feiglin and Jewish Home's Shuli Moalem-Refaeli who was physically assaulted at the site.

The visits have served to further raise tensions surrounding the site, which is the holiest to Jews as the location of the ancient temples, and the third holiest in Islam as home to the al-Aqsa mosque. Israel has seen weeks of riots and terror attacks in Jerusalem and beyond, touched off in part by Palestinian fears that Israel intends to change the status quo at the compound amid a growing campaign by right-wing activists to allow Jewish prayer at the site.

Israel's head of police struck out Tuesday at Knesset members for stoking tensions by visiting the Temple Mount, and said Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein had erred in allowing them access to the flashpoint site.

Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino chided Knesset members who called for an alteration to the current arrangement under which non-Muslim worshipers can visit, but not pray at, the holy site. He stressed that there are no plans to change the status quo. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly made clear that arrangements at the Temple Mount are not going to be changed.

Members of the radical right took the Temple Mount and made it an agenda, Danino said Tuesday. We cautioned and said that we need to leave the Temple Mount alone the Knesset members don?t understand what they are igniting.

Marissa Newman contributed to this report.



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