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Israel stops use of metal detectors at sensitive Jerusalem holy site

Israel stops use of metal detectors at sensitive Jerusalem holy site

A statement issued after the forum of senior ministers concluded their meeting said they had chose to act on the recommendation of the security bodies and replace the metal detectors with "smart checking" means.

Tensions have been high since Israel set up new measures after Arab gunmen earlier this month opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli policemen. Until then, extra police would be deployed around the site, it added. There were many other threats of holy war against the Jews incited not just by Palestinians, but also by other Muslim leaders around the world.

As I wrote in Israel capitulates to Palestinian terror, to remove metal detectors at Temple Mount.

The incident further complicates efforts to resolve an escalating crisis over Jerusalem's most contested holy site.

Worldwide calls for a solution have added to the pressure on both sides - which were dealing with complex internal politics too - but it is still not clear this crisis has been entirely resolved.

Palestinian media reported Tuesday that the Waqf, the Jordanian Islamic trust that governs the Temple Mount compound, was against the agreement between the Israeli and Jordanian governments that facilitated the removal of controversial metal detectors at the entrance to the holy site, but would meet later on Tuesday to discuss the matter.

Earlier on Monday, the UN Middle East envoy said a solution was needed by Friday to the al-Aqsa crisis, which threatens to have "potential catastrophic costs well beyond the walls of the Old City".

Is it linked to events in Jordan?

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There is speculation that Israel agreed to remove the metal detectors in return for Jordan letting Israeli embassy staff leave the country following a diplomatic stand-off.

The Israeli security guard killed the two Jordanians after being attacked by one of them with a screwdriver late on Sunday. A second Jordanian who died was inadvertently killed by the gunfire, Israel said. Israel says the guard has diplomatic immunity under global conventions and is in touch with Jordanian authorities on the matter.

The crisis was resolved after a phone call late on Monday between Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan's King Abdullah. At around the same time, it was announced that the embassy staff had returned to Israel.

Jordan, which has a large Palestinian population, has an historical role as custodian of the Jerusalem holy site. Jews revere it as the location of two Biblical Temples and holiest site in Judaism.

Mladenov said it is "critically important" that the status quo which has been in place at the site since 1967 is preserved.

". giving in to metal detectors would in a way be seen as conceding to Israel's assertion of its sovereignty over the holy site and by extension to whole of Jerusalem", he said from San Diego in California.

He said Israel's legitimacy rested on the extent of the respect it showed to Palestinians and their rights.


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