Israel Police recommend lifting ban on lawmakers’ visits to Temple Mount
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Israel Police recommend lifting ban on lawmakers’ visits to Temple Mount

On a tour of the Temple Mount before he became a Knesset member, activist Yehuda Glick shows religious Jews a diagram of the Jewish temple, which once stood where the Dome of the Rock stands today in Jerusalem, Sept. 17, 2013. (Christa Case Bryant/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images)

Yehuda Glick, a Temple Mount activist prior to becoming a Knesset member, showing religious Jews a diagram of the Jewish temple that stood where the Dome of the Rock now stands in Jerusalem, Sept. 17, 2013. (Christa Case Bryant/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Police reportedly have recommended that Israeli lawmakers be allowed to resume visits to the Temple Mount following a yearlong ban.

Israel’s Channel 2 reported Tuesday that police recommended that both Jewish and Muslim lawmakers be permitted to visit if they coordinate in advance with the police. The media would not be allowed to cover the visits and no speeches would be permitted at the site.

The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement issued Tuesday evening that Benjamin Netanyahu “will soon convene the relevant security officials, listen to their position and then make a decision. Until then there is no change in policy.”

Lawmakers, both Jewish and Muslim, have been banned from visiting the holy site since October 2015 over fears of incitement, but lawmakers from the Arab Joint List have broken the ban several times in the last year.

The Prime Minister’s Office issued the ban at the time to “cool the atmosphere around the Temple Mount” following a wave of Palestinian violence against Israeli targets. The violence occurred amid a backdrop of tensions there over non-Muslim visits and what the Arab world claims is an attempt to “Judaize” the site, the location of the Jewish people’s two Temples.