Firebrand far-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir informs the head of the Knesset Guard that he intends to visit the Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day next week.
Earlier today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh vowed that allowing right-wing Israelis to conduct the annual Jerusalem Day “Flag March” in the Old City will not “go unanswered.”
Ben Gvir is required to ask permission from the Knesset before he visits. In April, the lawmaker was barred from leading a similar march through the Old City’s Damascus Gate as he was deemed a security risk.
“Threats from the enemy will not scare us from going to the holiest place to the Jewish people,” says Ben Gvir. “Just the opposite — it only strengthens us, and we will arrive to implement Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.” He also expresses hope that Haniyeh will be assassinated by Israeli forces on Jerusalem Day.
Last year, Hamas fired rockets toward Jerusalem during the annual march, sparking the 11-day war between Israel and Gaza terror groups.