Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Hotovely visits Temple Mount before her wedding

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Hotovely visited the Temple Mount on the day before her wedding.

Hotovely, the deputy minister of transportation from the Likud Party, visited the site on Sunday, accompanied by relatives, according to reports. She was scheduled to marry attorney Or Alon on Monday.

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The lawmaker coordinated her visit with the Israel Police commissioner. Other high profile Israeli lawmakers have been denied access or decided not to visit due to rising tensions in recent months.

“Going up to the Temple Mount before my wedding is important to me,” Hotovely said after her visit. “Establishing a home and a family unit is not just a private event, but has a public and national dimension of rebuilding from the ruins of Jerusalem.”

Hotovely also called for free access to the site for all Jews. “Limitations on public figures visiting the Mount are not appropriate,” she also said.

In March, Likud lawmaker Moshe Feiglin was prevented from entering the Dome of the Rock and then removed from the Temple Mount. He had asked to be allowed to enter the Dome of the Rock in his capacity as a Knesset member.

Jews generally are not permitted to pray or bring any ritual objects to the Temple Mount, which is considered Judaism’s holiest site, in order to avoid confrontation with Muslim worshipers at the Al-Aksa Mosque.

Non-Muslims are prohibited from entering the Dome of the Rock, a Muslim shrine to the place where Muslims believe the prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. The rock also is believed to be the spot of the Holy of Holies of the Judaism’s Holy Temple. Jews generally do not enter the shrine due to its historical holiness.