Israel playing with fire at al-Aqsa Mosque: Arab League

Israel playing with fire at al-Aqsa Mosque: Arab League

Late Friday night, a 20-year-old Palestinian stabbed and killed three members of an Israeli family in their home in a West Bank settlement.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas canceled scheduled security coordination meetings between Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Israeli border police officers stand guard as Palestinian women gather for prayer outside the Lion's Gate following an appeal from clerics to pray in the streets instead of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem's Old City, Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Israel army commanders said they were readying for more attacks from lone-wolf assailants and more mass demonstrations.

Erdan did not name the countries with which Israel made contact, but his remarks coincided with media reports about Israeli-Saudi understandings regarding the Israeli measures and placing the electronic detectors, noting that Saudi understands Israel's security concerns. Palestinians say they will refuse to pass through the devices, which they condemn as another implement of control employed by a hostile occupation.

Israel will not remove metal detectors whose installation outside a major Jerusalem mosque has triggered the bloodiest confrontations with the Palestinians in years, but could eventually reduce their use.

Mr Gallant, who is from the right-wing Kulanu party, also said the detectors are not a practical security solution given the large number of people who pray at Al Aqsa.

During questioning, Abed said he purchased the knife used in the stabbing two days prior with the intention of committing a terrorist attack in response to events surrounding security measures put in place at Al-Aqsa mosque, which is known in Judaism as the Temple Mount.

Clashes also erupted at the Qalandia checkpoint, the main Palestinian passageway between Ramallah and Jerusalem, where Israeli security forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowds.

The man was involved in a clash in the town of el-Eizariyah near Jerusalem, the official Palestinian news agency, WAFA, reported.

An Israeli minister joined the calls for the removal of metal detectors on Sunday as the situation in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank remained explosive.

The mosque was reopened on Sunday after metal detectors were installed; a move Palestinians said they will not accept because it changes the status quo at the mosque.

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