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Israeli Police Officials: Detectors Were Installed Carelessly at Temple Mount

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Israeli security forces head toward Palestinian protesters. (AFP)

By    |   Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 06:24 PM

Israel's decision to install metal detectors at Temple Mount in Jerusalem was careless and completed without following proper protocol, senior Israeli police officials told Haaretz.

The security measures were put in place after two Israeli Border Police officers were killed by Arab-Israeli gunmen at the site on July 14, but mounting the detectors caused major friction between Israel and Palestinians and led to a decision by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to freeze contact with Israel until they were removed.

The Temple Mount crisis spiraled out of control Friday when three Israelis were fatally stabbed in their settlement home in the northern West Bank and three Palestinians were killed in clashes during protests. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism and a revered site to Jews and Muslims.

Israel was ready to replace the detectors with fenced access paths, an Israeli TV report said Saturday night, but Haaretz reported Sunday Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said he would not remove them until an appropriate substitute was found.

The Israeli government said last week it was "committed to maintaining the status quo and freedom of access at the holy sites" and "to protecting the safety of all worshipers and visitors."

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