Israel’s newest Knesset Member was sworn in during a ceremony on Wednesday, filling the vacancy created by former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, who announced his resignation from the Knesset last week.
Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick (Likud) gave his inaugural address during the ceremony, along with returning United Torah Judaism MK Yaakov Asher.
Asher, who previously served in the 19th Knesset, was seventh on the party list in 2015, leaving him without a seat when the party slipped to six seats in the election that March. Asher returned to the Knesset as part of a rotation agreement between the Agudat Yisrael and Degel HaTorah factions within UTJ. As part of the agreement, Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush of Agudat Yisrael resigned, clearing the way for Asher, of Degel HaTorah.
During his speech, Glick, a resident of the town of Otniel near Hevron, pledged to be a “loyal representative of the half a million Israeli citizens in the lands of Judea and Samaria.”
At the same time, Glick also emphasized the need to sympathize Palestinian Arabs.
”I know that some two million Arabs, or Palestinians, whatever you want to call them, also live [in the Land of Israel]. While we built a magnificent country that is one of the most advanced and moral in the world, their leadership preferred to have many of them continue to live in refugee camps.”