Israel’s public security minister says metal detectors are essential to maintain security at a contested Jerusalem shrine despite rising tensions and a Muslim call for mass protests in the city. Gilad Erdan tells Israel’s Army Radio today that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will rule on the issue later in the day when he returns from a working visit to Europe.
But Erdan insisted the new Israeli measures did not change the status of the site and were necessary to carry out proper security checks. Conflicts over the holy site known as the Temple Mount to Jews and Noble Sanctuary to Muslims have repeatedly triggered Israeli-Palestinian confrontations. Three Arab gunmen launched an attack from there last week, killing two Israeli policemen. In response, Israel began installing metal detectors.