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Israeli leader slams Arab lawmaker for flaunting ban on sensitive Jerusalem holy site visits

  • Palestinian students hurl stones at Israeli troops over the separation barrier during clashes following a protest near the Al-Quds University in the West Bank village of Abu Dis, near Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Palestinian students hurl stones at Israeli troops over the separation barrier during clashes following a protest near the Al-Quds University in the West Bank village of Abu Dis, near Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Palestinian student tries to break the separation barrier during clashes with Israeli troops, who were on the other side of the wall, following a protest near the Al-Quds University in the West Bank village of Abu Dis, near Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    A Palestinian student tries to break the separation barrier during clashes with Israeli troops, who were on the other side of the wall, following a protest near the Al-Quds University in the West Bank village of Abu Dis, near Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Palestinian student climbs the separation barrier during clashes with Israeli troops, who were on the other side of the wall, following a protest near the Al-Quds University in the West Bank village of Abu Dis, near Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    A Palestinian student climbs the separation barrier during clashes with Israeli troops, who were on the other side of the wall, following a protest near the Al-Quds University in the West Bank village of Abu Dis, near Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

Israel's prime minister is lashing out at an Arab lawmaker for flaunting a directive and visiting the sensitive Jerusalem holy site that is the key issue in the recent round of violence.

Benjamin Netanyahu had instructed all ministers and lawmakers to avoid visiting the hilltop compound in the Old City during the tense time. He says Basel Ghattas went there Wednesday "solely for the purpose of provocation, only to inflame the situation."

Ghattas says he does not recognize Netanyahu's authority.

The violence began last month with clashes at the site and quickly spread. Eleven Israelis have been killed, mostly in stabbings, while 55 Palestinians, including 35 identified by Israel as attackers, have been killed by Israeli fire.

The site, holy to both Jews and Arabs, has been quiet of late.