Police turned back several buses bringing Muslim worshipers from northern Israel to Temple Mount early Friday morning. They acted on tip-offs that the passengers were planning to stir up riots at the shrine. Due to heightened tensions after a week of multiple terror attacks, police are patrolling Temple Mount and the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, while boosted troop units are positioned at key intersections and points across Judea and Samaria.
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi Thursday announced that the troops had clear orders to thwart and prevent any more outbreaks of violence, whether caused by hurled rocks, Molotov cocktails or other measures. “Terrorism will not prevail,” said the general. “A more stringent equation” was also announced against the upsurge of incendiary balloon attacks from the Gaza Strip.