Nearly three months after the Palestinian Authority announced it would cease its security cooperation with Israel in light of the Temple Mount metal detector crisis that erupted this past September, security relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have been fully restored.
Mass prayers were held in protest outside the metal detectors Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash90/Channel 2 News
The security crisis between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has ended. More than three months have passed since the Temple Mount metal detector crisis first erupted and the Palestinian Authority announced it would cease its security coordination. However, last night (Friday), Channel 2 News reported that the partially operational security coordination between Israel and the Palestinians has been fully restored over the past few days.
The crisis broke out around the time of a deadly terror attack on the Temple Mount this past September, in which three Israeli policemen were murdered. Following the event, metal detectors were placed on the Temple Mount, towards which the Palestinians and the Jordanian Islamic Waqf expressed great opposition. Members of the Waqf announced that they refuse to pass through them and called on all Muslim worshipers to do so as well. Palestinian Muslims began protesting, calling out against the new security checkpoint and holding mass prayers outside the entrances to the Temple Mount.
After some time, it was reported that an alternate solution to the crisis had been found. Instead of the metal detectors, advanced security cameras, with the ability to identify suspicious items carried by the visitors within their bags or underneath their clothes, were to be installed along paths leading to the Temple Mount entrances.