Trump Envoy Heads to Israel for Holy Site Crisis Talks

Trump Envoy Heads to Israel for Holy Site Crisis Talks”

The installation of metal detectors has contributed to the impression that Israel is changing the rules, a view rejected by the Israeli government.

President Abbas suspended all contacts between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government on Friday in protest of the metal detectors.

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.

Al-Ayyam reported Palestinian Red Crescent medics announcing Israeli troops killed five Palestinians and injured 1,090 others since the start of the mosque crisis.

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

Several hundred Muslim worshippers prayed in the surrounding streets Tuesday despite the summer heat, as they have done since the crisis began.

On Sunday night in Amman, an Israeli embassy security guard shot dead a Jordanian who attacked him with a screwdriver, according to Israeli officials. It was a high-level, on-the-ground attempt by the Trump administration to end the standoff between Israel and the Muslim world.

Tzipi Livni said tactical differences over security measures at a holy site in Jerusalem have deteriorated into something far worse and could result in a religious battle.

Israel erected the metal detectors after Arab gunmen killed two policemen from inside the shrine, holy to Muslims and Jews, earlier this month. But Muslims alleged Israel was trying to expand its control at the Muslim-administered site and have launched mass prayer protests.

Low-level clashes have continued in and around Jerusalem. Police said they were investigating the charge. The site is still presided over by a Jordanian-Palestinian waqf, or Islamic trust.

Friday's main weekly Muslim prayers - which typically draw thousands to Al-Aqsa - had brought the situation to a boil.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often touted improving relations with Sunni Muslim states in the Middle East, understood to mean Saudi Arabia, though Israel has no diplomatic relations with the Saudis.

Along with Kushner, US envoy Jason Greenblatt, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and US consul-general in Jerusalem Donald Blome have been holding the conversations, the official said.

Abbas, referring to the metal detectors in a speech on Sunday, said: "If Israel wants security coordination to be resumed, they have to withdraw those measures".

"We are conducting this calmly, determinedly and responsibly and thus we will continue to act in order to maintain security", Netanyahu said. The spate of violence has also included a Palestinian attacker stabbing three Israelis to death on Friday, with three Palestinians killed hours before.

Reporters have complained this week that they were being blocked from covering the unrest around the shrine while tourists have been able to freely move about the city and film with their mobile phones.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Wednesday that "journalists are being prevented from coming in those specific areas where there have been disturbances and riots". Safadi made the call after discussing the recent violence in Jerusalem with his French, Norwegian, German and Swedish counterparts.

This picture taken and released on July 25, 2017 by Turkey's Presidential Press Service shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressing the AK Party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara. The situation is very unsafe and could spin out of control if Israel doesn't reconsider the steps that it has taken at the holy site, the Palestinian president told Kushner.

Nahshon responded to Erdogan's statements the same day, calling the president's remarks "delusional" and "distorted".

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