Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein sent a letter to MKs Wednesday evening asking that they refrain from ascending the Temple Mount so as not to deteriorate the security situation.

Edelstein, who sent the letter in the wake of the visit by MK Basel Ghattas of the Joint Arab List to the holy site in east Jerusalem earlier in the day, wrote that while he usually defends MKs’ parliamentary immunity, he has an unusual request.

“According to security officials, MKs ascending the Temple Mount at this time can deteriorate the security situation, which is already sensitive, and could cause significant, violent confrontations, directly and seriously harming the state and the public’s security,” Edelstein wrote. “I think that in this situation, we all must show responsibility and contribute in any way we can to the personal security of all citizens of the state, even at the price of personal restraint and giving up exercising the right to ascend the Temple Mount.”

As such, Edelstein asked MKs not to ascend the Temple Mount until told otherwise, “so that, God forbid, we do not contribute to bloodshed and the security situation combusting.”