After a week of riots resulting from the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Israeli security establishment is preparing for another day of rage following Friday’s prayers at the Temple Mount.
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After riots broke out across Jerusalem and the West Bank following last Friday’s prayers, the Israeli security establishment is on high alert ahead of today’s prayers at the Temple Mount.
According to the police, tensions in East Jerusalem are still high. Similarly to last week, the main focus of the security forces is in the Old City in the area of the Damascus Gate and the main streets of East Jerusalem. As on last Friday, there are no entry restrictions on Muslim worshipers at the Temple Mount.
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Over the past several days, there has been an escalation in tensions. Although Hamas isn’t interested in war at the moment, the terrorist organization cannot be passive while it sees the Palestinian reaction to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. As a result, it is constantly attempting to direct the protests to the West Bank.
According to Israeli defense officials, Egypt, which has an ability to be a dominant partner in the de-escalation process, is not doing enough to cool the tensions.