MK Yoel Hasson (Zionist Camp) demanded Monday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fire Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely “immediately, tonight,” over “messianic” comments she made that “could inflame the entire Middle East.”
Hotovely's “sin,” as far as Hasson is concerned, was a comment she made in an interview on the Knesset Channel earlier Monday, in which she said that her “dream is to see the Israeli flag fly atop the Temple Mount. This is the holiest site in the world for Jews.”
Indeed, the Temple Mount is so called because it was where the first two Temples, the Divinely-mandated houses of worship, were located. In addition, the Temple Mount, liberated by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War, is under Israeli sovereignty – meaning that hoisting an Israeli flag there should not be a problem.
“Surely it would not be right to see an ISIS or Hamas flag flying there. To me that would be shameful,” Hotovely said. “We have to fly our flag. This is our capital and our holiest place.”
“Hotovely is the perfect role model for irresponsibility," Hasson charged in response.
"During a period when the overwhelming task should be to calm the situation and smooth over our relations with the Palestinians, she says things that could once again set off riots in Jerusalem, and especially on the Temple Mount. She should be fired immediately,” he wrote.