Livni warns Israel close to 'pan-Muslim conflict'

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 26, 2017

The security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians, in place for years despite near-frozen diplomatic ties, is seen as critical for both Israel and Abbas's Fatah faction to keep a lid on violence in the West Bank, particularly from the Hamas terror group.

Abbas indicated that should Israel want security coordination to resume, it would have to reverse the recent security measures taken at the Temple Mount and halt all military incursions into Palestinian cities.

One person set off a firework, prompting Israeli police to raid and disperse them using sound grenades.

Crews removed the detectors and installed cameras early yesterday.

"We as the Waqf listen to the street". It also faced growing domestic criticism that it had acted hastily, without weighing the repercussions of installing new devices at the volatile site.

Israel has removed the controversial metal detectors from entrances to the sensitive compound that is home to the al-Aqsa mosque.

Since the metal detectors were installed, Muslim worshippers have gathered to pray outside the site in order to avoid passing through them.

The measures followed an attack that killed two policemen and included metal detectors at entrances.

Israel's decision to remove the metal detectors came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Jordanian King Abdullah II, who had demanded their removal.

UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov has warned of wider unrest and said Tuesday that "we are not over this crisis yet". "I think the danger on the ground will escalate if we go through another cycle of Friday prayer without a resolution".

There was speculation that a separate diplomatic standoff may have helped push negotiations to remove the metal detectors along.

Following the conversation, the Israeli Embassy staff, including the security guard who had killed two Jordanians after being attacked by one with a screwdriver, returned to Israel from their base in Jordan.

Speaking about regional developments in the crisis over Jerusalem's Temple Mount and the shooting at Israel's embassy in Amman, Livni said serious leadership is needed in Israel. "This is a new provocation by Netanyahu and an additional provocation among the worshippers visiting the mosque", accused Joint Arab List Chairman Jamal Zahalka, who applauded the removal of the metal detectors.

Daniel told All Things Considered that at protests Friday, he heard Palestinians chanting, "With spirit and blood, we will redeem the Al-Aqsa Mosque" - which has its compound on the disputed site.

The closure of Al-Aqsa for Friday prayers, the first such move since Israel occupied east Jerusalem in 1967, triggered clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops.

They continued on Saturday, leaving two more Palestinians dead.

Protests and clashes erupted later in the day in Jerusalem and the West Bank, killing three Palestinians. The terrorists, three Israeli Arabs, used guns that had been smuggled into the holy site by an accomplice.

In 2000, a visit to it by then Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon helped ignite the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, which lasted more than four years.

The compound is located in east Jerusalem, seized by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community. Palestinians saw it as a bid to wrest control of the holy site from Jordan, the Muslim authority that administers it.

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