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Israel to replace metal detectors in Jerusalem with smart surveillance

Netanyahu's right-wing government is wary of being seen to yield to Palestinian pressure over the site, which Jews revere as the vestige of their two ancient temples.

The crisis was resolved after a phone call late on Monday between Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan's King Abdullah.

The crisis was triggered by a shooting on Sunday in which an Israeli embassy guard killed two Jordanians after one attacked him with a screwdriver.

"The security cabinet accepted the recommendation of all of the security bodies to incorporate security measures based on advanced technologies (smart checks) and other measures instead of metal detectors", Israel announced early on Tuesday. Israeli police barred journalists from going through the gate.

On Friday night, a 20-year-old Palestinian entered a family home in the settlement of Halamish, stabbing to death a father, his daughter and his son before he was shot and injured by a neighbor.

Three Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces on Friday as thousands protested in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

On Sunday, a rocket was launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip, but hit an open area, causing no damage, Israel's military said.

In a post on Facebook, the stabber said he was deeply concerned about the recent violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in annexed East Jerusalem and wanted to protect it.

A Waqf spokesman said it was awaiting a decision of a technical committee but was demanding the situation revert to the way it was before the metal detectors were installed.

"We pray each morning here and the police assault us".

Gilad Erdan, Israel's public security minister, warned of potential "large-scale volatility" - a prospect made more likely in the West Bank by the absence of Abbas' help.

Later, the Israeli army sealed off entrances to Abed's village of Kobar.

The Muslim authorities that oversee Al-Aqsa said, however, they would continue to oppose any new Israeli-imposed measures.

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Muhammad Hussein, affirmed his rejection to current Israeli measures and violations in Jerusalem, stressing the importance of restoring Jerusalem's status quo ante.

Turkey also urged the removal of the metal detectors and the Arab League said Israel was "playing with fire".



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