Israel to take steps to calm holy site unrest: Kerry

Israel to take steps to calm holy site unrest: Kerry24/10/2015 (Gulf Times – Qatar): US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Israel has agreed on steps to calm tensions over Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, at the centre of Palestinian unrest, including 24-hour security cameras. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to announce details of the measures later the same day, Kerry said after meetings in Amman with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas. He said Netanyahu had agreed to “an excellent suggestion by King Abdullah”, custodian of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, “to provide 24-hour video coverage of all sites” in the compound, which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims. “This will provide comprehensive visibility and transparency and that could really be a game changer in discouraging anybody from disturbing the sanctity of the holy site,” he said. Kerry, who met Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday, also said the Israeli leader had “reaffirmed Israel’s commitment” to upholding the status quo at the mosque compound under which Jews are allowed to visit but not pray. Tensions over the holy site have sparked a recent wave of violence that has seen knife and gun attacks against Israelis, as well as clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces…




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