While examining alternatives to metal detectors for safeguarding worshippers and visitors at Temple Mount, Israel installed new security cameras, and immediately ran into strong objections from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. He declared Sunday that no one but the Palestinians has the right to determine security measures at the shrine.
At the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said: “The only thing we want is to ensure no one can again take weapons in and carry out another attack. We’re willing to examine alternatives to the metal detectors, so long as the alternative ensures the prevention of the next attack.”
In an angry comment on the brutal deaths of three members of the Salomon family in Halamish, at the hands of a Palestinian terrorist, Netanyahu vowed the killer’s home would be demolished swiftly in retribution and “those who incited and glorified his act would be dealt with.”
DEBKAfile: Netanyahu has been in close contact with Egyptian president Abdel Fatteh El-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah since the murder of three Israeli police officers guarding the gate to Temple Mount sparked a crisis around the shrine.
Monday morning, the UN Security Council holds an urgent meeting to discuss calls to de-escalate the crisis in Jerusalem. It was requested by Sweden, Egypt and France.