Israel to replace metal detectors in Jerusalem with less obtrusive surveillance

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"Netanyahu and Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan agreed that due to the security sensitivity, individual security checks with hand-held metal detectors will be made (at the entrances to the site, )" a government statement said.

Meanwhile, Jason D. Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump's special envoy for worldwide negotiations, visited the Halamish settlement in the West Bank on Wednesday where three members of an Israeli family were killed last week in the wake of deadly protests.

"They should know that they will eventually lose, because we have been making it our solemn duty to keep up security on our side here and on theirs".

A fourth Jerusalem-area Palestinian was killed on Saturday when an explosive device he was building went off prematurely, the Israeli military said.

It will replace them with "a security inspection based on advanced technologies and other means", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said.

"The prayers will happen, God willing, inside the Al-Aqsa mosque", Abbas said at a press conference, moments after Muslim authorities announced an end to the almost two-week boycott. Muslims believe the hilltop compound, which they call the Noble Sanctuary, marks the spot from which Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.

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Sheikh Raed Dana, an imam of Al-Aqsa, told reporters near the Lions Gate entrance to the Old City, where most of the metal detectors had been placed, that the "picture until now is still unclear".

But Palestinian politicians and Muslim clerics say that isn't enough and are demanding Israel restore the situation at the shrine in Jerusalem's Old City to what it was before the July 14 attack.

On Tuesday, Erdogan had accused Israel of using security measures as a pretext to take over holy sites in Jerusalem from Muslims.

Violence escalated over the past few days after Israeli forces closed Al-Aqsa Mosque for two days for the second time since Israel occupied Jerusalem in 1967, installing metal detectors and cameras at entry points to the mosque.

The decision angered Muslims, who refer to the holy site as Haram al-Sharif, and provoked protests.

A diplomatic standoff between Israel and Jordan may have helped negotiations on the metal detectors. They refused to enter the compound in protest and prayed in the streets outside instead.

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"We stress our absolute rejection of. all measures by the Occupation (Israel) that would change the historical and religious status in Jerusalem and its sacred sites", the Palestinian grand mufti, acting Palestinian chief justice and Jordanian-run Waqf religious trust said in a joint statement.

Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who heads the Israeli defense body for Palestinian civilian affairs, also said Israel was open to alternatives as long as it "ensures the prevention of the next attack".

The Temple Mount situation has increased tensions between Israel and Jordan.

Six Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops in clashes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank and hundreds were injured after Israeli forces attacked worshippers outside Al-Aqsa following Friday prayers.

Israel's proposal set off rumors among Palestinians that the "smart cameras" Israel plans to install could see through clothing and could prove particularly embarrassing to women.

The mosque compound has served as a rallying cry for Palestinians.

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