US involved in attempts to end the Temple Mount crisis

According to CNN, a White House official confirmed that the US administration is working with Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority in an attempt to end the growing tensions surrounding the metal detectors at the Temple Mount.

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Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to US President Donald Trump, is working with Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority in order to end the tensions surrounding the metal detectors at the Temple Mount, a US official confirmed Sunday according to a report by CNN.

The official stated that US envoy Jason Greenblatt, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and US consul-general in Jerusalem Donald Blome were also present in the discussions. "President Trump and his administration are closely following unfolding events in the region,” the official said, and added: "We are engaged in discussions with the relevant parties and are committed to finding a resolution to the ongoing security issues."

Jason Greenblatt and Jared Kushner Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

According to the report, US involvement in the attempts to ease the tensions that escalated with the placement of the metal detectors at the Temple Mount began as early as last week. The US official stated that Kushner and the three senior diplomats spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the latter’s visit to Hungary so as to reach an outline agreement for ending the current crisis.

The official also added that Kushner spoke with PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday. Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian officials declined to give further details and explained that they are currently in contact with the White House in an attempt to end the tensions.

Yesterday, Channel 2 News’ main newscast reported that Netanyahu advanced the placement of the metal detectors at the entrance of the Temple Mount. Netanyahu was quoted saying that he will take care of the funding for equipment so that the purchase is done as soon as possible.

Security cameras were installed at the entrance of the Temple Mount in accordance with the new security arrangement in the area on Sunday. Israel Police officials met with managers of leading security companies in Israel to discuss security means that could potentially replace the metal detectors.



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