'Cameras will improve security on Temple Mount'

Prime Minister says metal detectors and security cameras on Temple Mount will allow Israel greater security control over the compound.

Elad Benari,

Netanyahu before leaving for Paris and Budapest
Netanyahu before leaving for Paris and Budapest
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday night said that the metal detectors and security cameras which will be installed on the Temple Mount will allow Israel to have greater security control over the compound.

"Before the onset of Shabbat I spoke with the parents of our two heroic policemen who were murdered on the Temple Mount. I sent them a hug from every citizen of Israel and participation in their awful grief,” Netanyahu told reporters before he boarded a plane for Paris and Budapest.

“Also before Shabbat I directed that the mourners' tents of the families of the contemptible murderers be destroyed. This evening I held a discussion with the top security leadership and I instructed that metal detectors be placed at the entrance gates to the Temple Mount. We will also install security cameras on poles outside the Temple Mount but which give almost complete control over what goes on there,” he added.

“I decided that as of tomorrow, in the framework of our policy of maintaining the status quo, we will gradually open the Temple Mount, but with increased security measures.”

“This evening I am leaving for Paris to meet with President Macron. Tomorrow we will participate in a very moving ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Parisian Jews to the extermination camps. This was the first step in the broad extermination of French Jewry,” he continued.

“I will then go on to Budapest to meet with Hungarian, Polish, Czech and Slovakian leaders. While we are strengthening ties with countries on five continents – Asia, Africa, Australia, North America and South America, it is very important for us to also deepen relations with countries in Europe," the Prime Minister concluded.

Police on Saturday arrested three members of the Waqf on suspicion of aiding and abetting the terrorists who carried out Friday's attack on the Temple Mount.

The investigation showed that the terrorists used weapons which had been hidden on the Temple Mount several days before the attack. They also found that a Waqf member had helped hide the weapons.

Two Druze police officers were murdered in Friday's shooting attack on the Temple Mount, and a third was lightly wounded. The three terrorists were eliminated by police.