77% of Israelis see removal of metal detectors on Temple Mount as capitulati…

Poll finds most Israelis are unhappy with Netanyahu’s handling of the crisis; Muslims continue praying outside Temple Mount complex, saying removal of metal detectors not enough; Abbas says PA will not renew ties with Israel until all security measures are removed.

Source: Ynetnews News – 77% of Israelis see removal of metal detectors on Temple Mount as capitulati…

The majority of Israelis think the removal of the metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount constitutes a capitulation by the Israeli government, according to a Channel 2 News poll published on Tuesday.

Seventy-seven percent of participants responded “yes” to the question whether the removal of metal detectors constituted capitulation, while 17 percent said “no” and six percent said they didn’t know.

Respondents were also asked for their opinion on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the crisis. Sixty-seven percent rated his performance “not good” while 23 percent rated his actions “good.”

The Gate of the Tribes after the removal of metal detectors (Photo: Reuters)

The Gate of the Tribes after the removal of metal detectors (Photo: Reuters)

When asked whether it was the right decision to place the metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount in the first place, 68 percent said “yes,” while 23 percent said “no” and nine percent said they didn’t know.

But despite the removal of the metal detectors, the Palestinians said the chosen alternative—smart cameras able to detect hidden weapons or explosives—was still unacceptable.

Thousands of Muslim worshipers gathered outside the Lions’ Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City for evening prayer on Tuesday, maintaining their refusal to enter the Temple Mount complex.

The Waqf, the religious body that runs the Islamic sites in the Al-Aqsa compound, said worshipprs would continue to stay away from the plaza and pray in the streets outside.

A Waqf spokesman said it was awaiting a decision of a technical committee but was demanding the situation revert to the way it was before the metal detectors were installed.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian Authority will not renew its ties with Israel until all security measures are removed.

The Palestinians claim the police did not remove all security cameras at the entrance to the Temple Mount, left barricades instead of the metal detectors, did not open all gates to the Temple Mount and plans to install smart cameras in the near future.

Palestinian President Abbas (Photo: AP)

Palestinian President Abbas (Photo: AP)

Speaking at a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, Abbas said there will be no change in relations with Israel until the situation returns to what it was before the July 14 terror attack at the holy site, when three Israeli Arab terrorists smuggled weapons into the Temple Mount complex and opened fire at an Israeli police patrol, killing two officers.

“All the Israeli measures on the ground from that date to the present day are supposed to cease to exist and then things will return to normal in Jerusalem, after which we will complete our work regarding bilateral relations between us and them,” Abbas said.

On Friday, Abbas announced he was freezing all ties with Israel, including security cooperation.

“Relations with Israel will be frozen at all levels until Israel commits itself to canceling all its steps against the Palestinian people as a whole and against the city of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and to committing itself to preserving the historical and legal situation in Al-Aqsa,” he said in a statement.

“We reject to the metal detectors, as they are political moves presented in the guise of security measures, whose sole goal is to take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and escape the peace process, turn the conflict from a political one to a religious one and break up the mosque based on time and place,” the Palestinian leader added.

The installation of the metal detectors set off the bloodiest clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in years. The spike in tensions and the deaths of three Israelis and four Palestinians in violence on Friday and Saturday raised international alarm and prompted a session of the United Nations Security Council to consider ways of defusing the crisis.

“All parties should work to reduce these tensions and we offer whatever assistance we can in helping to do this,” Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, told the Security Council in New York. “At the holy sites, it’s vital that both access and security be ensured.” Washington has already held talks with Israel and Jordan to help resolve the crisis.

 Reuters contributed to this story.
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2 Comments on “77% of Israelis see removal of metal detectors on Temple Mount as capitulati…”

  1. joopklepzeiker Says:

    Pali terrorist blackmail works , sold as reducing the tensions ,

  2. joopklepzeiker Says:

    Removing the metal detectors under pressure of pali violence in SO UNBELIEVABLE STUPID !

    Are they loosing their minds in the Israeli goverment or is it again pressure of the USA ?

    In a public sermon, ‘Caliphornia’ Muslim cleric prayed for Allah to “annihilate all Jews down to the very last one”

    video !

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