Published: Tue, July 25, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Erdogan urges Israel to end restrictions at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Erdogan urges Israel to end restrictions at Al-Aqsa Mosque

On Friday night, police say a young Palestinian man breached the West Bank's settlement's security fence and stabbed three Israelis to death at their home in Halamish.

Some Israeli ministers have suggested that the 19-year-old assailant responsible for Friday's knife attack should receive the death penalty, a sentencing option that remains available in Israel's military courts but has not been used since 1962.

Incensed at what they perceive as a violation of delicate decades-old access arrangements at Islam's third-holiest site, many Palestinians have refused to go through the metal detectors, holding street prayers and often violent protests.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removed the metal detectors at the holy compound in Jerusalem, where Muslims pray at Al-Aqsa mosque.

The meeting was requested by Jordan in response to the latest deadly violence between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and the West Bank in the past week. The mosque was reopened on Sunday but after metal detectors were installed, a move the Palestinians said they will not accept because it changes the status quo at the mosque.

Greenblatt would closely coordinate with the National Security Council and with Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law who is a top aide and is charged with renewing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the official said.

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On July 14, three Arab Israelis armed with automatic rifles and a knife exit Jerusalem's Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, and shoot dead two police officers stationed nearby.

On Saturday Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank and its police broke up a crowd of stone-throwing Palestinians in Jerusalem.

On Friday, Israeli forces shot and killed three Muslims who were praying.

Saturday's protest started as hundreds of Palestinians held their evening prayers outside the al-Aqsa Mosque, refusing to be subjected to the new Israeli security measures there.

The envoys of the four "strongly condemn acts of terror, express their regret for all loss of innocent life caused by the violence, and hope for a speedy recovery to the wounded", the Quartet said in a joint statement.

"This is not a political issue, but a professional security issue", Barakat added.

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