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Waqf to meet for discussions on removal of Temple Mount metal detectors

Waqf to meet for discussions on removal of Temple Mount metal detectors”

Jordan initially said he could leave only after an investigation while Israel insisted he had diplomatic immunity.

He says that "it was only a question of time and I am pleased that it was short".

The Palestinian man who illegally entered Petah Tikva from the West Bank on Monday morning and stabbed an Arab Israeli whom he misidentified as a Jew acted alone, police said, adding that the attack has resulted in heightened security at all West Bank checkpoints.

The removal of the devices followed the resolution of a 24-hour diplomatic standoff with Jordan over a deadly shooting at the Israeli Embassy in the kingdom, suggesting a broader deal had been struck.

In a speech to ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmakers in parliament, Erdogan said: "They are attempting to take the mosque from Muslim hands on the pretext of fighting terrorism". Israel says the guard has diplomatic immunity under global conventions and is in touch with Jordanian authorities on the matter.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that USA envoy to the peace process Jason Greenblatt is set to arrive in Israel on Monday "to support efforts to reduce tensions in the region".

The Israeli security guard involved in the shooting returned home late Monday after intense negotiations.

A senior Muslim cleric says Jerusalem's police chief has met with a lawyer representing the Muslim leadership to discuss solutions to the escalating crisis over a contested holy site.

Ikrema Sabri, the head of the Supreme Islamic Committee in the city, said such a review might be completed later on Tuesday. Palestinians allege they are an Israeli attempt to control the site and have launched mass protests.

Large crowds of Muslim worshippers prayed outside the shrine in protest every day, refusing to pass through the metal detectors. According to official Palestinian state media agency Wafa, the leaders rejected the possibility of metal detectors being replaced with the new cameras.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office said that while the metal detectors would be removed, they would be replaced with "security inspection based on advanced technologies and other means".

He acknowledged that as a member of the Cabinet he bore "collective responsibility" for the initial decision.

Speaking to Netanyahu by phone, the king stressed "the need to find an immediate solution and remove the reasons for the ongoing crisis at the Haram al-Sharif compound", a royal palace statement said.

Under the arrangement, Israel is responsible for security and a Jordanian-funded religious trust, or Waqf, looks after the day-to-day running of the site.

Jordan is the Muslim custodian of the site which is also holy to Jews.

The new security measures were approved by Israel's security Cabinet at a late-night meeting, as The Two-Way reported, after "the recommendations by all of the country's security services to use other kinds of technology".

The Islamic Waqf, the Islamic Endowment from Jordan charged with protection of the al-Aqsa mosque compound, said it would not be satisfied until "all manifestations of aggression by the Zionist occupation are removed and the situation returns to what it was like before July 14", the day three Palestinian gunmen were shot dead after shooting and killing two Israeli police officers near the mosque compound, sparking Israel's move to install extra security in the area.



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