Clashes between security forces and Palestinians at the Temple Mount continued for the third consecutive day on Tuesday, the second day of Rosh Hashanah.
Jerusalem Police said: “Following intelligence collected by the Shin Bet and the police regarding Arab youths, some with their faces covered, who barricaded themselves inside al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, Jerusalem Police organized additional security forces at the entrance to the Temple Mount, who are prepared for any eventuality as has been done throughout the entire holiday.
According to police, the youths inside the mosque collected stones and fireworks and set up barricades to prevent closing the entrance, using shoe racks, iron rods, and rope tied to the doors of the mosque, and other methods.
As soon as the Temple Mount was opened to visitors on Tuesday morning, police said, rioters began throwing stones towards the Mughrabi Bridge.
The aim of the rioters is irrelevant. See if you can spot any condemnation of their violence.
Police and border guards then entered the Temple Mount area, at which point the rioters fled inside the mosque and began throwing dozens of stones, concrete blocks, and fireworks at security forces.
A firebomb was also thrown at security forces, setting wooden beams on fire.
Security forces began dismantling the barricades at the entrance to the mosque and shut the door with the rioters still inside.
Visits by Jews and tourists began on time and without disturbances.
On the surface, job well done by the police. But they are handicapped in that they do not have control of the site. The Waqf does. It sure looks like time to revisit that arrangement.
Later in the day, police arrested an Arab man suspected of attacking two Jewish youths in the morning in the Old City. He fled the scene, but was detained after police said they recognized him on security footage.
Another one bites the dust.
Meantime, how is that condemnation coming along?
Khaled Mashal, head of Hamas’s political bureau, had a phone conversation with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas regarding events at the Temple Mount.
The Middle East; where logic comes to die, and Arab politicians come to lie.
The United States said on Monday that it was deeply concerned about the violence and urged both sides to lower tensions.
What they mean: surrender to this terrorism. No, thanks. Bloody fools.
Jordanian King Abdullah II condemned Israel, saying it was acting aggressive at al-Aqsa.
I hope this is window dressing for his home audience. Otherwise he is joining the ranks of the fools. (And by all accounts, he is no fool.)
Turkish President Recep Erdogan called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to reprimand Israel for “violating the mosque’s sanctity.”
What he means: Israel is not surrendering to the terrorists. His pronouncements are unlikely to carry much weight anywhere outside his immediate family.