By Associated Press,
JERUSALEM — The Latest on the escalation in Israel and the Palestinian territories over a contested Jerusalem holy site (all times local):
Israeli police say a Palestinian assailant has stabbed an Arab citizen of Israel in the neck in central Israel, apparently mistaking him for a Jew.
Police spokesman Luba Samri says Monday’s attack was nationalist in nature. She says the 21-year-old attacker is a Palestinian working illegally in Israel. He stabbed the 32-year-old victim at a fast food stand in the central Israeli city of Petah Tikva, apparently thinking the man is Jewish.
The attacker then tried to escape but a bystander rammed him with his car and handed him over to police.
The attack comes amid tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site.
In the past two years, Palestinians have killed 45 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist, mostly in stabbing attacks. During that period, Israeli forces have killed more than 255 Palestinians, mostly attackers.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says an Israeli security guard who shot and killed two Jordanians after one of them stabbed him will be brought home to Israel.
Netanyahu says he has spoken to the guard in question and assured him that Israel has experience in dealing with such situation and would bring him home.
A news website linked to the Jordanian military reported that Jordan is refusing to let the guard leave before he is questioned. The stabber’s father says he is demanding justice for his son’s death. The guard opened fire after being stabbed with a screwdriver.
The incident sparked a diplomatic standoff and further complicated efforts to resolve an escalating crisis over Jerusalem’s most contested holy site.
The father of a Jordanian youth who stabbed an Israeli security guard near Israel’s Embassy in Jordan and was then shot to death says he demands “justice” over his son’s killing.
Zakariah al-Jawawdeh tells The Associated Press that his son is a “son of Jordan who was shot on Jordanian soil” and it would be unacceptable for the Jordanian government not to seek justice for this.
The son, a 17-year-old, stabbed the guard with a screwdriver late on Sunday. The guard opened fire, killing his attacker and another Jordanian.
The incident sparked a diplomatic standoff and further complicates efforts to resolve an escalating crisis over Jerusalem’s most contested holy site.
The father on Monday denied reports that his son was motivated by tensions at the site. He says his son was unaffiliated with any group.
A news website linked to the Jordanian military is reporting that Jordan is refusing to let an Israeli security guard who shot two Jordanians near the Israeli Embassy leave the country.
Monday’s report in Hala Akhbar says Jordan wants to investigate the shooter and if Israel refuses to allow that, it will take “diplomatic measures.”
The report gives the first indication from Jordan on a diplomatic standoff with Israel over the shooting.
The Israeli security guard killed the two Jordanians after being attacked by one of them with a screwdriver late on Sunday. Israel says the guard has diplomatic immunity under international conventions and is in touch with Jordanian authorities on the matter.
The incident further complicates efforts to resolve an escalating crisis over Jerusalem’s most contested holy site.
A senior Muslim cleric says Jerusalem’s police chief has met with a lawyer representing the Muslim leadership to discuss solutions to the escalating crisis over a contested holy site.
The crisis erupted last week, after Israel installed metal detectors at the compound following a shooting attack that killed two policemen. Israel’s move triggered Muslim protests and claims that it’s trying to expand its role at the site, which is also holy to Jews. Israel denied this charge.
Cleric Ikrema Sabri said on Monday that a lawyer for the Muslim leadership met Sunday with Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevi, and heard a response to Muslim demands.
Sabri says newly installed security cameras, described in media reports as a possible alternative to the metal detectors, were discussed.
The lawyer is briefing Muslim leaders Monday.
Israel’s former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni says she fears that Israel is on the verge of a religious battle with the Muslim world.
Livni says that tactical differences over security measures at a Jerusalem holy site have deteriorated into something far worse and Israel has to stop this.
Linvi told Israel’s Army Radio on Monday that “we are a step away from turning our conflict with the Palestinians, and cooperation with Jordan and other Sunni nations, into a pan-Muslim event against the state of Israel.”
She says the Israeli Cabinet needs to show leadership to prevent this from happening.
Tensions have been high since Israel set up new measures after Arab gunmen earlier this month opened fire from the site, killing two Israeli policemen. A deadly shooting near Israel’s Embassy in Jordan has exacerbated tensions.
Israeli media are reporting that President Donald Trump’s Mideast envoy is on his way to the region to try and defuse a growing crisis over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site.
The newspaper Haaretz says that Jason Greenblatt is expected to arrive on Monday in the Trump administration’s first direct foray into the crisis.
Tensions have been high since Israel set up new measures after Arab gunmen earlier this month opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli policemen.
Israel says the measures are meant to prevent more attacks but Palestinians allege they are an Israeli attempt to control the Muslim-administrated site and have launched mass protests.
Three Palestinians have been killed in street clashes and a 20-year-old Palestinian stabbed and killed three members of an Israeli family in their home in a West Bank settlement.
Israel’s security Cabinet has reached no decision about the new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site that have set off a wave of violence.
The top decision-making forum met overnight and into early Monday to discuss the latest developments, including an incident in which a security guard at the country’s embassy in Jordan opened fire, killing two Jordanians, after being attacked.
The incident is threatening to complicate the crisis over the holy site, which is administered by Muslim authorities under the auspices of Jordan.
Israel set up the new measures after Arab gunmen opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli policemen. It says they are meant to prevent more attacks. Palestinians allege they are an Israeli attempt to control the site and have launched mass protests.
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