Istanbul to host meeting of OIC foreign ministers
- Author: Adam Floyd Jul 25, 2017,
Jul 25, 2017, 11:32
On July 14, three Arab Israelis armed with automatic rifles and a knife exit Jerusalem's Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, and shoot dead two police officers stationed nearby.
Incensed at what they perceive as a violation of delicate decades-old access arrangements at Islam's third-holiest site, Muslims have refused to go through the metal detectors, holding street prayers in protests.
On Saturday, Israeli police used stun grenades and water cannons to disperse dozens of stone-throwing Palestinians.
Linking such a move with the safe return of the Israeli security guard from Jordan may be just the ladder that Mr Netanyahu needed to defuse the tension, as Donald Trump's administration in the United States continues efforts to get the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table after more than three years of diplomatic deadlock.
The Security Council is due to hold its quarterly Middle East briefing on Tuesday.
The father of the 20-year-old Palestinian assailant said he believes his son was upset over the loss of Palestinian lives and wanted to protect the "honour" of the Jerusalem holy site.
The Algerian spokesman called on the worldwide community to promptly and urgently intervene to provide the Palestinian people and their holy sites with protection and to put a stop to Israel's escalated criminal acts against the unarmed Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory.
"Attacks on the rights, freedom and beliefs are not to be tolerated", Erdogan stressed.More news: John McCain's recovery from surgery just complicated the Senate's Obamacare repeal vote
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, announced he was suspending contact with Israel on "all levels", dealing a blow to recent U.S. attempts to renew the long-dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
"They must know that they will be the main losers because we play an important role in assuring our security and theirs", Abbas said.
"President Trump and his administration are closely following unfolding events in the region", the official said.
Details of what happened were unclear.
Senior Palestinian sources have said they reject all alternatives to the electronic security barriers installed at the Al-Aqsa mosque last week.
The Turkish and Egyptian foreign ministers spoke on the phone on Sunday to solve a crisis in Jerusalem over new security measures put in place at one of its most important holy sites Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israel Government after a bloody weekend.
Egypt urged Israel to not only halt violence but the heightened security measures against Palestinians in Jerusalem as well, after three Palestinians were killed in clashes with occupation forces at the mosque.
The security measures were criticized by the Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation as well as by Jordan, which sees it as disrupting the delicate status quo in place at the complex since the 1967 war, which retained the Hashemite kingdom's role as its custodian.