UN Security Council to Meet Over Jerusalem Violence

Tuesday, 25 Jul, 2017

Palestine's ruling party Fatah praised the Palestinians, who protested in Jerusalem over metal detectors being installed by Israel at the entrances to the sacred Temple Mount compound.

Last week, clashes erupted between Muslim worshipers and Israeli police outside the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City amid tensions over the Israeli authorities' decision to bar young worshipers from entering the area for prayers.

On the same day, a Palestinian stabbed three Israelis in the occupied West Bank after vowing on Facebook to take up his knife and heed "Al-Aqsa's call".

The Islamic Waqf, which runs the holy site and has called for Muslims to pray outside Al-Aqsa until the metal detectors are removed, has said it would only accept a return to the previous arrangements.

Israel says the three Israeli Arabs involved in the 14 July shooting near the compound were able to smuggle guns inside and that the new security measures are needed to stop similar attacks.

Concerns over security grew after Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman held a meeting with top army and security officials over the simmering situation.

"We are conducting this calmly, determinedly and responsibly and thus we will continue to act in order to maintain security", Netanyahu said.

The OIC said it will hold another emergency meeting at the level of foreign ministers early in August to discuss developments in Jerusalem. "Israel is playing with fire and is risking sparking a crisis with the Arab and Muslim worlds".

Sweden, Egypt and France requested the meeting to "urgently discuss how calls for de-escalation in Beit ul-Muqadass can be supported", Carl Skau, Sweden's deputy United Nations ambassador, said on Twitter. On Friday, an armed Palestinian penetrated one of the Jewish settlements on the West Bank and killed three Israelis.

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.

Israeli security forces have raided the home of a Palestinian aggressor, the military said in a statement to Reuters.

Bin said the wounded attacker was taken to a hospital.

"Should war break out, our task is to win decisively, to achieve clear results and to push back the next war many years back", Eisenkot said. "We need a security solution; not political or religious".