Israeli MP visits Al-Aqsa site, defying Netanyahu plea

Far-right member of the Israeli parliament, Moshe Feiglin (centre), speaks on the phone in the old city of Jerusalem after visiting al-Aqsa mosque compound on November 2, 2014An Israeli far-right lawmaker visited the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem on Sunday, defying calls for restraint from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The hardline member of Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud bloc is a leading advocate of the right of Jews to pray there. Long-standing practice at the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, allows visits by other faiths but limits prayer to Muslims. Netanyahu, who has repeatedly said he has no intention of changing the status quo, on Saturday urged the far right to act “responsibly” in the face of mounting tensions and near daily clashes in Jerusalem.

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