Israel Says Embassy Guard Opened Fire After Being Attacked

Frederick Owens
July 25, 2017

Three Palestinians have also been killed in street clashes and a 20-year-old Palestinian stabbed and killed three members of an Israeli family in their home in a West Bank settlement.

His father said he believes his son was motivated by a desire to protect the "honor" of the Jerusalem holy site.

Egypt, which now holds the Arab seat in the United Nations security council, urged Israel to stop violence against Palestinians in Al-Aqsa mosque.

A senior administration official confirmed that Kushner and the three diplomats had a call Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was in Hungary, as they tried to agree on a plan. In the days leading up to Friday, Palestinian leaders had called for a "day of rage" to protest what they feared as an Israeli violation of the status quo regarding governorship of the site.

Israel claimed the measures were a response to the attack but Palestinians see the measures as an attempt to expand Israeli control over the site, which according to historical agreements should remain under Muslim management and reserved for Muslim worship, though non-Muslims can visit.

The metal detectors were installed after the murder of two Israeli policemen on July 2014.

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Israel's security Cabinet was meeting from late Sunday until the early hours of Monday to discuss the crisis at the shrine, and was briefed during the meeting about the incidents at the embassy, the Foreign Ministry said.

Known as the Temple Mount by Jews and Al Aqsa by Muslims, Israel provides security for the site, while the complex is managed by Jordan.

Israel enacted the new security measures after two border police officers were killed at the site by Israeli Arabs who used guns that had been smuggled into the al-Aqsa mosque.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced on Friday a freeze of all contacts with Israel over violence in Jerusalem.

Regarding the new measures, Israel launched a media campaign promoting the importance of placing the electronic detectors, pointing out similar measures taken by Islamic countries in heavily visited holy sites.

The Israeli army's chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, said that rocket fire directed at Israel on Saturday "attests to the explosiveness of this period, both from Gaza and from the West Bank".

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