Israel to remove metal detectors at Al-Aqsa mosque

In a possible spillover of the tensions, three people, including an Israeli, were wounded by gunfire Sunday in a residential building in the heavily fortified Israeli embassy compound in Jordan's capital.

The State Department report downplays continued anti-Israeli incitement, proclaiming, "While some PA leaders have made provocative and inflammatory comments, the PA has made progress in reducing official rhetoric that could be considered incitement to violence".

The dispute started when Israel installed metal detectors at the entrance to the site on Sunday, following a shooting attack that killed three Israeli policemen last Friday. But Muslims alleged Israel was trying to expand its control at the Muslim-administered site and have launched mass prayer protests.

"We really need to expect that the government of Israel will find a way to calm things not just with force but with rethinking the response on the Temple Mount, especially on the issue of the metal detectors", he said.

"The only thing we want is to ensure no one can enter with weapons again and carry out another attack", he said.

Security officials told Israeli media the cameras were meant to complement the metal detectors, not replace them.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to the Americans that his country would never change the status quo using the new security measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque, an Israeli news website reported.

Israeli military commanders have warned violence may escalate.

In a sign unrest was spreading, a Palestinian stabbed three Israelis in the occupied West Bank on Friday after vowing on Facebook to take up his knife and heed "Al-Aqsa's call".

While Israeli security officers were at al-Abed's family home, Palestinian onlookers gathered to throw stones and burn tires in protest. Israeli troops responded with live rounds, rubber bullets and tear gas. The elder Solomon's daughter-in-law escaped to a separate room to shelter her young children.

Abu El Gheit, Egypt's previous foreign minister, who visited the Temple Mount during his tenure, added that "the Israeli authorities put the region in a very unsafe situation", saying that Israeli policies "are not directed at the Palestinians alone" and that they "hurt the feelings of every Arab and Muslim in the world".

Netanyahu was also holding a cabinet meeting and was due to meet his security cabinet later.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel. "It's Palestinian leadership - Fatah and Hamas - that incites violence against Israelis on a daily basis".

  • Santos West