In this Thursday, June 2, 2016 photo, Knesset member Yehuda Glick, poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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For years, Yehuda Glick has pushed for greater Jewish access to occupied Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site – promoting an ideology that has unnerved Palestinians and made him the target of an assassination attempt. Now, as a new member of Israel's parliament, Glick is vowing to use his office to press his cause, bringing his explosive campaign to the nation's corridors of power.Glick, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party, is the man most associated with Jewish activism at the hilltop compound revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount. While he portrays his call for expanded Jewish prayer as a matter of human rights, critics say his true aim is to usher in a messianic age that would see a Jewish shrine rebuilt where a mosque now stands.While Jews pray for the Temple to be rebuilt, they worship at the adjacent Western Wall, a retaining wall of the ancient Temple complex.The site has long been a flashpoint for violence between Israelis and Palestinians, and an increase in visits by Jews and Israeli lawmakers last year was met by Palestinian protests, sparking clashes with police.
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