Shahar Glick, whose Temple Mount activist father was shot last week in an attempted assassination, visited the Temple Mount on Monday to pray for his father’s recovery as he underwent lifesaving surgery.
The teenager entered the volatile compound accompanied by a news crew from Channel 2 and with a heavy police escort.
Glick visited the spots where his father, Yehudah Glick, chose to pray and offered personal supplications for his dad’s speedy recovery.
“We don’t want to deprive anyone of the right to pray here,” Shahar Glick said. “Muslims, Christians, anybody can. Most of all, we hope that they will let us, the Jews, pray here.”
Since capturing Jerusalem’s Old City in 1967, Israel has not allowed Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, where religious affairs are administered by the Waqf Muslim trust.
Yehudah Glick underwent a fourth operation during the day with doctors performing surgery on his stomach.
Hospital staff at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center said that his condition had improved slightly, but that he was still in mortal danger.
Petachia Reissman, chairman of General Surgery at Shaare Zedek, said that he hopes Glick will be strong enough to be taken off life support later this week, but that the situation is still precarious, Walla reported.
“He is not out of danger yet,” warned Reissman.
On the upside, the surgeon said that there does not seem to be any significant neurological damage and Glick could make a full recovery.
Last Friday, Glick had part of his intestine removed.
Glick was shot outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in central Jerusalem on the night of October 29, according to police.
Israeli security services reported that the suspected attacker was killed the next morning by the police’s special anti-terror unit after he opened fire on officers who came to arrest him at his home in the capital’s Abu Tor neighborhood.
Glick has campaigned to open the site for Jewish prayer, currently banned under the status quo. The closure of the site for a day last Thursday — meant to head off unrest around the shooting and the killing of the gunman during an arrest operation — drew sharp condemnation from Palestinians and others.
Jewish visitors to the site, considered the holiest in Judaism, have in the past reported being harassed or attacked by Muslim worshipers, who see visits by non-Muslims as encroachment on their holy site.
On Monday, MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli, of the nationalist Jewish Home party, ignored a call from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for politicians to refrain from moves that could inflame tensions and visited the mount under heavy police guard.
In a video posted to her Facebook page, she is seen being accosted by several women in Muslim garb, one of whom tries to push her before being grabbed by police. The woman was arrested.
On Sunday, right-wing MK Moshe Feiglin, also a proponent of allowing Jewish prayer at the site, visited the compound.
Netanyahu has pledged to preserve the status quo and not allow Jewish prayer at the site.
Spencer Ho contributed to this report.