Israel-Palestine Tension Flares after Security Cameras Installed

Photo: News Clip of the Event from Youtube Photo Source: Al Jazeera News Youtube Screenshot
Photo: News Clip of the Event from Youtube Photo Source: Al Jazeera News Youtube Screenshot

Israel and Palestine tension is deepening as Israel puts extra security measures into operation at the entrance of the holy sites of Jerusalem.

Israel has installed security cameras at the holy sites which triggered fear among the Arab countries and the Palestinians that Israel  plans to exert unilateral control over the holy sites in Jerusalem.

Israel placed metal detectors at the Lion’s Gate last week. It sparked massive outcry in Palestine and other Arab countries. After almost a week of violence, the newly placed cameras at the entrance of the holy sites might trigger larger protests to persist in Jerusalem.

The tension between the Palestinians and the Israeli security forces is apparently creating a new wave of uncertainty in the region. A shooting at Jordanian embassy of Israel has left two Jordanians killed and an Israeli severely wounded. Jordan lately embraced massive anti-Israeli protests.

Israeli Prime minister Netanyahu. however, said that the security forces will take action ‘accordingly’ to cope with the security threats. “We are conducting this calmly, determinedly and responsibly and thus we will continue to act in order to maintain security,” Netanyahu said.

Israel and Palestine tension is deepening as Israel puts extra security measures into operation at the entrance of the holy sites of Jerusalem.

The recent wave of violence at the Lion’s Gate erupted after three police officers got killed. Police sealed off the Muslims’ holy mosque Al Aqsa on Friday, the Muslim prayer day, in response to the attack which came to be the first of its kind in decades.

Al Aqsa region braced massive protests on Friday and Saturday . Israeli security forces find it critical to control the mob after four Palestinians were killed. On the other hand, three Israelis were stabbed to death in their homes ‘by a Palestinian’ on Friday, Israeli police reported.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has suspended contact with  Israel and canceled security coordination between the Palestinian authority and Israel.

Arab League Chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit warned Israel in a statement “Jerusalem is a red line that Arabs and Muslims wouldn’t allow to be crossed….Israel is playing with fire and is risking sparking a crisis with the Arab and Muslim worlds.”

International community urges both sides to deescalate the tension. The Middle East Quartet has issued a statement urging both sides “to demonstrate maximum restraint, refrain from provocative actions and work towards de-escalating the situation.”

During a weekly address from St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Pope Francis has appealed for dialogue. “I ask you to join me in prayer for the Lord to inspire in all sides proposals for reconciliation and peace,” he said.


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