israel starts removing controversial metal detectors at mosque
Instead, Israeli security forces began dismantling controversial metal detectors earlier on Tuesday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanya ordered them to be placed in al-
Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The metal detectors angered Palestinians. Palestinians say the installation of the equipment is not for their security, but rather to strengthen Israeli control over access to the mosque.
Netanyahu and his supporters say three Arab Israeli gunmen have smuggled homemade machine guns into al-
On July 14, two Israeli police officers were shot and killed at the Al-Aqsa mosque, which both Muslims and Jews considered sacred.
The dismantling of these devices appears to be part of an agreement reached between Netanya and King Abdullah II of Jordan, who oversees the administration of the Holy Land as part of the 1967 agreement.
In a phone call on Monday, the king urged Netanyahu to \"eliminate the cause of the current crisis,\" Jordan\'s official news agency reported \".
Netanyahu\'s unilateral decision to set up a metal detector has upset the official guardian of the mosque in Jerusalem, the Jordanian monarch, and sparked deadly violence and protests in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Jordanian capital Amman.
Hours after Israel and Jordan managed to end their diplomatic showdown, the removal of metal detectors began.
On Sunday, a Palestinian-Jordanian worker stabbed an Israeli security guard with a screwdriver at the Israeli embassy compound in Amman.
The guard shot and killed the attacker and another Jordanian, reportedly an innocent bystander.
Fearing violence against diplomats, Israel tried to get embassy staff, including security guards, to leave Amman quickly and return to Israel.
Jordan rejected their departure and initially prevented them from leaving, insisting that the guards be interrogated about the murder first.
On his behalf, Israel advocated diplomatic immunity.
Late Monday night Israeli diplomats and embassy staff, including security guards, were allowed to return to Israel.
The prime minister\'s office denied Jordan\'s request to dismantle the probe as a condition to allow embassy staff to leave Amman for Israel.
Even so, hours after the safe return of embassy staff, the Israeli security cabinet decided to dismantle the metal detector and take the high-tech cameras.
Israel\'s decision to dismantle the scanner represents a victory for the Palestinians who vowed not to pass the probe.
Instead, Muslim worshippers gathered outside at Israeli police barricades to pray.
Palestinians say their anger
Massive protests in Jewish settlements on Friday and the killing of three Israelis
For fear of being threatened with their sacred mosque.
Many Israelis scoffed at the conversation.
They say metal detectors are an ordinary tool of daily security, and opposing the use of metal detectors is just an excuse to incite violence against Israel.
Many Israelis and their leaders say the root cause of the recent violence has nothing to do with metal detectors, but rather the Palestinian hatred of Israel and the idea of rejecting the Jewish state.
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According to The Associated Press, Ambassador Riyad Mansour warned on Monday that Palestinians would stay on the street until metal detectors and any other obstacles were removed.
N. Middle East envoy Nicolas mladnov told reporters in New York that \"the danger on the ground will escalate\" if Israeli metal detectors are still praying for Muslims locally \". The U. N.
The Security Council met behind closed doors on Monday to discuss violence in Jerusalem and Jordan and plans to hold its second public meeting on Tuesday.
\"We call on all parties to refrain from any actions or statements that could escalate tensions and to work to ease the situation . \"N.
Ambassador Francois de la Terre told reporters.
The site is known by Muslims as a sacred sanctuary, known by Jews as the Temple Mount, and is a place where conflicts often occur.
Following Palestinian protests, Jordan abandoned plans to install security cameras on site on 2016 and immediately provided video footage to Israeli and Jordanian security teams.
To help ease tensions, the Trump administration sent Jason Greenblatt, President\'s special envoy, to the area on Sunday night. Son of White House adviser Trumpin-
Law Jared Kushner and the United StatesS.
Ambassador to Israel David Friedman
A senior administration official said Greenblatt met with Netanya on Monday and then flew to Jordan.
Greenblatt\'s visit is open.
According to the unnamed official, he ended his description of the back. the-scenes U. S. engagement.