Jerusalem police on highest alert for priestly blessing at Western Wall

The Israel Police on Monday boosted its forces in Jerusalem with thousands of policemen from around the country to provide security for the Jewish priestly blessing, known as "birkat hakohanim," at the Western Wall. Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in the prayer. The forces protecting the Western Wall area, the Temple Mount and the gates of the Old City have been reinforced with members of elite police units and the border police.  

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