UN envoy: Crisis over Jerusalem site must be resolved by Friday
JERUSALEM, Middle East — Israel on Tuesday dismantled metal detectors it installed a week earlier at a contested Jerusalem shrine, hoping to defuse a crisis with the Muslim world, including security ally Jordan, the Muslim custodian of the holy site.
The removal of the devices followed the resolution of a 24-hour diplomatic standoff with Jordan over a deadly shooting at the Israeli embassy in the kingdom, suggesting a broader deal had been struck.
However, there were signs on Tuesday that the crisis over the shrine, revered by Muslims and Jews, was not over yet.
Israel announced it would replace the metal detectors with new security measures. This would include “advanced technologies”, reportedly sophisticated cameras, and additional police deployments.
Muslim leaders had demanded that security arrangements go back to what they were before the metal detectors were erected.
Ikrema Sabri, a senior Muslim cleric, said on Tuesday that Muslims should stay away from the shrine, pending a review of the new Israeli measures. The review could be completed by the end of the day.
“Our position is that for now, nobody should enter,” he said.
Israeli security forces remove the metal detectors in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday.