Last Friday, three Palestinian citizens of Israel shot and killed two Israeli police officers stationed outside the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary, a site holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews. Though not an exceptionally spectacular attack, it’s threatening to send shock waves throughout the region. The three assailants were pursued back into the compound and killed in the ensuing gun battle. Israel’s response was swift: a full closure of the Temple Mount to Muslim worshipers, barricades throughout the Old City and heavily armed security on every corner.
It was only the third time in 50 years that Israel had closed the Temple Mount during Friday prayers, upsetting a status quo in place since Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967.… Seguir leyendo »