Sunday, April 17, 2016

Israel Tells Jordan, Palestinians It Wants to Avoid Temple Mt. Escalation During Holidays

Barak Ravid,, April 13

Image from article, with image: Israeli border police officers walk in front of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, Jerusalem.

'Israel will not accept disturbances and provocations aimed at igniting unrest in this sensitive place,' senior official in Jerusalem tells Haaretz.

A senior Israeli official conveyed a message to Jordan and the Palestinian Authority in the past few days, saying that Israel was committed to maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount and is interested in avoiding an escalation during the upcoming Jewish and Muslim holiday season.
The senior official, who asked to remain anonymous, said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a meeting in preparation for the holidays with the heads of Israel's security establishment. ... 
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Office's public diplomacy arm is attempting to reach the Palestinian public and the public in the Arab nations through social media. ...

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