Palestinians riot outside Temple Mount for second night in row

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Crowds chanted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) as a number of initial visitors entered occupied Jerusalem's Haram Al-Sharif compound on Sunday when the Holy mosque was re-opened after it was closed on Friday.

Netanyahu was in Hungary on Wednesday, but spoke to his security chiefs by phone to hear their assessments and recommendations, according to a statement by his office. Meanwhile, Israel's security forces are preparing for the violent clashes that are expected to take place on Friday in Jerusalem's Old City.

Not much of this seems to make sense - until you look at it from the perspective of what is really motivating the Waqf, palestinians, and so many other Muslims.

Safadi said that Jordan, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah the custodian of the holy Islamic and Christian sites in Jerusalem, will work with partners and friends to restore calm and resolve the crisis.

A rash of Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers erupted in 2015, partly over tensions at the holy site.

The activists and Palestinian officials seemingly failed to note that Israel's new security measures were put into place in direct response to the murderous Palestinian terrorist attack at the Mount last Friday in which three assailants somehow smuggled weapons onto the site. "We insist that the Israelis remove the metal detectors and at the same time we insist on our right to pray in our Al-Aqsa Mosque", he said.

Muslims have refused to pass through the metal detectors placed at the entrance of the gates to Al-Aqsa and preferred praying on the outskirts.

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Abdel-Qader said there are also direct contacts between the Israeli and Jordanian governments on the same issue. Dozens of worshipers held prayers outside the compound.

"There is no change regarding the metal detectors", he told reporters in Budapest. Israel's Shin Bet security service, which closely monitors Palestinian society, reportedly opposes the metal detectors as counterproductive, while police support the new measures. He said it was God's doing that made Muslims boycott the site. Most countries would severely crack down on them, shut the Mount's mosques for an extended period, and take really forceful action.

Netanyahu rejected Muslim allegations that Israel is changing long-standing arrangements at the shrine. The Temple Mount had not been closed by the Israelis since 1969. The attackers immediately ran to the Temple Mount compound where they were shot dead by police. A police statement said one person was arrested for rioting.

In the meantime, Abbas is in touch with Arab and worldwide leaders to try to "prevent a deterioration of the situation", it said.

Fourteen Palestinians and two police officers were injured in clashes late Tuesday, the third day of violence in a row.

After capturing east Jerusalem, including its Old City, and the West Bank in 1967, Israel sought to avoid a confrontation with the Muslim world. Israel began opening the site gradually on Sunday.

Muslims believe the hilltop compound marks the spot from which Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.

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