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  • Jordanian security forces stand guard outside the Israeli embassy in the residential Rabiyeh neighborhood of the capital Amman on July 23, 2017. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)

    An Israeli security guard working for the Israeli Embassy in Amman is being prevented from leaving Jordan, after he killed two Jordanians Sunday evening while being attacked by one of them with a screwdriver.

    The incident, coming amid already sky-high tensions between Jerusalem and Amman over the Temple Mount, has sparked a diplomatic showdown between the neighboring allies.

    The Israeli security guard, who was injured during the attack, enjoys diplomatic immunity according to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and is safe from arrest and investigation, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday morning.

  • Danon at the UN Security Council presenting photos from the scene of the attack

    'Instead of condemning terrorism and calming down the situation, the Palestinians are spreading lies and claiming this horrific murder is Israel's fault,' the Israeli ambassador says, urging the UN Security Council to demand PA stops incitement to terrorism.

  • Pope Francis (Photo: Raffaele Esposito/ Wiki Commons)

    Amid the intensifying battles surrounding the Temple Mount, the Catholic Church expressed its concerns in terms that placed the blame entirely on Israel while referring to the site exclusively by its Muslim name. One bishop stated in an interview on Vatican Radio that there has, in fact, been no Palestinian violence.

    The Israeli government closed the site to all visitors until Sunday, when it reopened to Muslims with increased security measures that included walk-through metal detectors. The Islamic Waqf, the Muslim trust which controls the Temple Mount, called for a boycott of the site. Muslim crowds rioted last week and three Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli police. 

    In the wake of the growing violence, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem released a statement. Signed by the heads of all 13 Christian communities in Jerusalem, it condemned the recent escalation of violence at the Temple Mount, but did so in language that clearly favored the Palestinians and condemned Israel. The statement referred to the site by its Arabic names, disregarding any Jewish or Christian connection to the site.

  • Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, center at the site of a terror attack in the settlement of Halamish, where three Israelis were murdered and one seriously injured by a Palestinian in a stabbing attack. July 22, 2017. (photo: Hermoni/Ministry of Defense)

    Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Sunday said Israel will manage without security coordination with the Palestinian Authority, apparently confirming reports the Palestinians have suspended their joint efforts with Israel to prevent terror attacks.

    “We’ve managed for many years without security cooperation, we’ll manage now as well,” Liberman told the Ynet news website.

    The defense minister stressed, however, that the security ties were in the Palestinians’ best interest.

    “It’s their decision,” he added. “It’s not that the security coordination is an Israeli need. Before our needs, it’s a Palestinian need first and foremost, and therefore if they want it, it will continue, if they don’t want it, they won’t. It’s their decision.”

  • Thousands of mourners attend the funeral of Yosef Salomon, 70, and his two children Chaya, 46, and Elad Salomon, 36, who were stabbed to death in their home by 19-year-old Palestinian Omar al-Abed, July 23, 2017. (Courtesy)

    Thousands of mourners gathered in the central Israeli city of Modiin on Sunday, as the three members of the Salomon family who were murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in a deadly stabbing attack were laid to rest.

    Yosef Salomon, 70, and his two children Chaya Salomon, 46, and Elad Salomon, 36, were killed by a 19-year-old Palestinian, who infiltrated the West Bank settlement of Halamish on Friday night and attacked them in their home as they were celebrating the birth of a new grandchild with the family.

    A five-minute walk from the entrance to the cemetery, surrounded by tall trees of the Ben Shemen forest, friends and relatives once again gathered together, but this time without the jokes and singing that accompanied the celebration on Friday and so much of the time in the Salomon family home.

  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., says the sanctions will show those who work against America's interests that their "actions have consequences." Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

    Congress will consider imposing new sanctions on Russia and Iran as well as North Korea, after Republicans and Democrats agreed to changes that will allow the legislation to move ahead. The bill also aims to prevent President Trump from relaxing sanctions without lawmakers' consent.

    An earlier form of the sanctions had sailed through the Senate, with a 97-2 vote last month. But that legislation focused only on Russia and Iran. It then lost momentum in the House, after members there said they wanted to include North Korea. That conflict has been resolved, lawmakers say.

    A vote is expected in the House on Tuesday. On the same day, the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on assessing U.S. policy toward North Korea.

  • Illustrative photo of an ambulance (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

    Three Israelis were killed and another was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack in the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank on Friday night.

    Paramedics said two men, one in his 60s and another in his 40s, and a woman in her 40s, have died of their wounds sustained in the attack in a home in a settlement. The three were initially listed in critical condition. Earlier reports said a 70-year-old woman was among those critically injured.

    A fourth woman, in her 60s, was en route to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in serious condition.

  • Irish President Michael Higgins (L) and BDS founder Omar Barghouti (R) shake hands in Belfast

    In his speech, Higgins praised Barghouti and the conference organizers who invited him "to speak about the challenges that await Palestinians." Barghouti, who spent several days in Ireland, was also received with respect in the city of Derry, which last September adopted a boycott resolution against Israel.

    The Israeli embassy in Ireland lodged an official complaint with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs following the meeting between the two.

    However, Israel was not surprised by the warm reception Barghouti received in Ireland. Higgins is a poet, a former leftwing activist and a very vocal critic of Israel. In the past he was the head of the Friends of Palestine in the Irish Parliament and demonstrated against Israel's security fence wearing a kaffiyeh.

  • Israeli border policemen install metal detectors outside the Lion's Gate, a main entrance to the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, on July 16, 2017, after security forces reopened the ultra-sensitive site, whose closure after a deadly attack earlier in the week sparked anger. (AFP/ AHMAD GHARABLI)

    Returning to Israel on Thursday from a visit to Hungary, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rushed straight from the airport to the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv to meet his security chiefs in a bid to defuse mounting Muslim anger over metal detectors on the Temple Mount.

    The meeting comes ahead of Friday prayers when tens of thousands of worshipers are expected to converge on the the flashpoint holy site, sparking fears of bloodshed, a week after the killing of two Israeli officers at the site by three Arab Israelis.

    At the meeting, scheduled for 8 p.m., officials are set discuss whether to remove the detectors that were placed at the Temple Mount after the killings that were launched from within the holy site.

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