Netanyahu bars ministers, Knesset members from Temple Mount

In an effort to contain the current wave of Palestinian terror, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued an order on Wednesday night barring ministers and members of parliament from Jerusalem's Temple Mount until further notice. The step is intended to reduce tensions and avoid giving the Palestinians any pretext for continuing their outbreaks of violence. DEBKAfile: This step is in line with Netanyahu’s policy of linking his government coalition difficulties with the Palestinian terror crisis, in search of a political accommodation on both fronts. The ministers who are up in arms against this policy will not be appeased, any more than the Palestinians bent on aggressive terror. The prime minister’s order was issued some days before it was released.

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