At an emergency meeting that was held in the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee on Sunday following the attempt on Yehuda Glick`s life, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino said ”even if we have to bring a large number of forces, we will protect the right of those going up to the Temple Mount.” Committee Chair Miri Regev (Likud) praised the decision, following repeated demands for such a move in previous committee meetings, and added that ”the writing was on the wall for such an attempted political murder.”

At the beginning of the meeting, Regev stated, ”Already for two years, we have been holding emergency meetings and excursions around Jerusalem to return the peace, yet without any tolerance for terror. We must not lose Jerusalem. If we lose it from a security standpoint, we have also lost Tel Aviv. That is what can happen when there is laxity and carelessness of the police, the justice system and the lawmakers toward the rioters. I am for religious freedom for everyone, but I will not change the status quo of Jerusalem. The city needs the attention of the Police Commissioner with regard to administrative detentions, barring of rioters, and the `Women in Black` who are appointed by the Islamic Movement and are party to the incitement on the Temple Mount.”

Police Commissioner Danino: ”During the days of `Shuvu Achim,` we saw a clear escalation of violence, which surged into other parts of the country. Our resolute response significantly lowered its magnitude. We strengthened the police force with thousands of officers, and the claim that they did not go into neighborhoods is not correct. We had to return the peace and anyone who thinks that it was enough only to disperse protests is mistaken. We are not willing to accept disturbances of peace and the throwing of flares – which needs its own legislative solution. We have to limit the accessibility to flares and require a license to retain them.”

Commissioner Danino added: ”The bolstering of the police forces has been working for about a week in all of the places where there are hostilities, and there has been a big reduction in the number of disturbances and stone-throwing.”

”The attempted murder of Yehuda Glick is the crossing of all lines in the fragile Temple Mount situation. This criminal terrorist act has obligated us to clarify without any doubt that we will not allow such events to occur. Closing the Temple Mount is meant to clarify that this is an implement that we would not hesitate to use. We decided not to hurry to change the rights of visitation over the course of the year. We will be more stringent than in the past, as back then the issue was the number of forces. Even if there is a risk factor that demands a large number of police forces, we will bring them to protect the rights of those going to the Temple Mount.”

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat: ”We will not tolerate the throwing of stones… We must protect the status quo on the Temple Mount and we must fight against those who want to disrupt it.”

MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) turned to the Deputy Attorney General Raz Nazri and said, ”My Facebook page has countless calls for murder. That is clear incitement to murder, but I haven`t noticed anyone arrested or banned. When we try to enforce something that is not connected to the status quo, and when you, as the police with legal backing allow the disturbances, you are saying that the Temple Mount is not in our hands and drawing the violence toward us. The bullets that the murderer intended for our friend Yehuda were aimed at our sovereignty over the whole country. ”

Committee Chair Miri Regev thanked the Prime Minister for his intervention to restore the peace, and she said that we have to avoid the ”revolving doors.” Regev said that she will keep track of the situation on the Mount of Olives and of the `Women in Black,` and will hold a meeting regarding restraining orders in the neighborhoods. ”I expect that the decision of the Police Commissioner will trickle down and be implemented.”