Israel seeks me­tal de­tec­tor al­ter­na­tive to end cri­sis

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - KARIN LAUB AND IAN DEITCH JERUSALEM —

Israel’s se­cu­rity cab­i­net met for a sec­ond day Mon­day to try to defuse an es­ca­lat­ing cri­sis with the Mus­lim world and find an al­ter­na­tive to me­tal de­tec­tors that had been in­stalled a week ear­lier at a con­tested Jerusalem shrine amid wide­spread protests.

Min­is­ters were be­ing asked to con­sider the in­stal­la­tion of so­phis­ti­cated, high-res­o­lu­tion cam­eras and in­creased po­lice de­ploy­ments as a re­place­ment for the me­tal de­tec­tors, Is­raeli me­dia said.

The cam­eras would be in­stalled in Jerusalem’s Old City where the shrine, revered by Mus­lims and Jews, is lo­cated.

Mean­while, a diplo­matic stand­off with Jor­dan, over a deadly shoot­ing at the Is­raeli em­bassy in the king­dom, added another com­pli­ca­tion — but also a new open­ing to end the show­down over the Jerusalem holy site.

At is­sue is the fate of an Is­raeli em­bassy guard who killed two Jor­da­ni­ans af­ter be­ing at­tacked by one of them with a screw­driver. Jor­dan said he can only leave the coun­try af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Israel said he has diplo­matic im­mu­nity.

Jor­dan is also heav­ily in­volved in ef­forts to defuse the cri­sis at the Jerusalem holy site. Is­raeli me­dia said an emerg­ing deal could see the guard freed in ex­change for the re­moval of the me­tal de­tec­tors.

The head of Israel’s do­mes­tic Shin Bet se­cu­rity agency met with of­fi­cials in Jor­dan on Mon­day to re­solve the cri­sis, the worst be­tween the two coun­tries in re­cent years.

Later Mon­day, Jor­dan’s King Ab­dul­lah II and Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu spoke by phone. The king stressed the need to “re­move the mea­sures taken by the Is­raeli side since the re­cent cri­sis broke out.”

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