JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel's newest member of Knesset (MK), Rabbi Yehuda Glick, visited the Temple Mount Monday morning in anticipation of Wednesday's swearing in after which he'll be prohibited from going there.
The Israeli government, in agreement with Jordanian King Abdullah, allows only Islamic prayer on the Temple Mount to stave off rioting by Muslim worshippers.
Glick has long advocated for equal rights for Israelis at the place where the two Jewish Temples stood, gaining him the label "right-wing activist."
Two years ago, an Arab resident from a Jerusalem neighborhood gunned down Glick as he left the Begin Sadat Center after a speech there.
Mu'taz Hijazi, a member of Islamic Jihad, was waiting for Glick as he exited the center, shooting him four times in the chest at point blank range. Doctors initially did not expect him to survive.
The would-be assassin was killed a short time later after opening fire on Israeli security forces in Silwan, a predominantly Arab neighborhood near the Temple Mount.
Glick, who replaces outgoing Likud MK and former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, says he has many interests to pursue as a "loyal servant" whose intention is to do good for the State.
"I don't have plans to change the world," the Jerusalem Post quoted Glick as saying. "My main idea is to add a little good to the world, to promote unity among the people of Israel and not let hatred spread.
Most importantly, the freshman MK says he's seeking God's guidance and support as he embarks on this new phase.
Calling the Israeli nation-state "one of the greatest miracles in the history of mankind," Glick said Israelis should work to preserve it. "The best way," he said, "is to listen and cooperate with each other and work together hand in hand."