In response to accusations of inciting to violence in the Temple Mount compound in the past days, Salah stated that if forced by the Israeli government to choose between imprisonment and defense of the mosque "and occupied Jerusalem," he would choose the former without hesitation.
Earlier Tuesday, in the wake of the Arab riots in Jerusalem, Vice Premier Silvan Shalom and National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau called for the Islamic Movement to be outlawed for allegedly inciting the violence, while Interior Minister Eli Yishai stressed that Israel was the sovereign "in the eternal, united capital of the Jewish people."
"Sheikh Raed Salah should be behind bars, and so should [deputy head] Kamal Khatib," Shalom told Israel Radio on Tuesday. "I intend to raise the issue in the next cabinet meeting."
While Shalom praised the police force for doing its job, he stressed that "it's time for the State Prosecution to start acting ... enough is enough."