Will Arab demands trump Israeli security on Temple Mount?

Palestinian Authority, Jordan pushing hard for removal of magnetometers, checkpoints established following last week's terror attack.

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Muslim worshippers and Israeli guards on Temple Mount
Muslim worshippers and Israeli guards on Temple Mount
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While Israel has increased security on the Temple Mount following the murders of two police officers by Muslim terrorists who brought automatic weapons to the holy site, the Palestinian Authority and the Kingdom of Jordan are looking to have those security precautions lifted.

Israel set up new checkpoints with magnetometers, a sophisticated form of metal detector that allows for quick passage through the checkpoint, at the entrances to the Mount following Friday’s terror attack, along with extra security cameras.

But according to Adnan al-Husayni, a senior PA official, the Palestinian Authority will not accept the new security measures, despite the fact that, as he put it, “there had been violence there [at the Temple Mount].”

Earlier on Sunday, the Waqf, a Jordanian Islamic trust which manages Muslim sites on the Temple Mount, protested the new security measures, demanding they be removed.

The Jordanian government also condemned the new security precautions, demanding Israel clear any new measures with the Waqf.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Jordan’s King Abdullah spoke with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Saturday night, reiterating the Hashemite kingdom’s position that any changes to the status quo must be approved by the Waqf.