Two Members of the Knesset escorted by Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque this morning, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave officials the green light to do so.
MKs Yehuda Glick of the Likud party and Shuli Moalem-Refaeli of the right-wing Jewish Home party stormed the mosque through the Mugharba Gate, according to sources in the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf.
Guarded by Israeli police, Glick and Moalem-Refaeli conducted two separate tours in the yards of the mosque before they left.
The two MKs have put a lot of pressure on the Israeli government to allow members of the Knesset to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque after a year-and-a-half ban.
Netanyahu had allowed Knesset members to storm the mosque for a one day today as a test.
Quoting Israel Police, Israeli public radio said only Glick and Moalem-Refaeli wanted to storm the mosque today.
Religious leaders in Jerusalem condemned Netanyahu’s decision which was announced on 22 August.
“The decision by the extreme right-wing Israeli government to allow Knesset members to break into Al-Aqsa Mosque is a provocative decision that is against Sharia, illegal and inhumane and is issued by an irresponsible authority, since Al-Aqsa is restricted to Muslims only,” the religious authorities said in a statement sent to the Anadolu Agency on Sunday.
The religious authorities are the Supreme Council of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem, the Supreme Islamic Committee, and the Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine as well as Acting Chief Justice of Jerusalem.