Israeli lawmaker Miri Regev intends to use her new position as head of the Knesset Interior Committee to advance the right of Jews to pray atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount.
Despite being the most holy site on earth for Jews and many Christians, both religious groups are barred from praying at or bringing Bibles to the Temple Mount for fear of a Muslim backlash.
Regev said it is intolerable that Jews do not have freedom of religion at Judaism's holiest site, and she will soon visit the Temple Mount with other committee members with the expressed aim of changing that reality.
Regev's bold stand has earned her the scorn of ultra-secular Israelis who believe appeasing the Muslims is more important than fulfilling Israel's biblical mandate.
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