Violent Response to Peace Plan

Israel’s security forces are on high alert as thousands of Muslims are expected to attend Friday prayers in Jerusalem, travelling to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount as the next stage in a week of violent protests. Extra police have been deployed to the Old City in their thousands as anger continues to boil over concerning the American Peace Plan which was revealed 10 days ago. Israel’s enemies claim that it is heavily one-sided.

A number of buses travelling from northern Israel to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount were stopped by the security forces on Friday morning and instructed to go back.

Those buses carried hundreds of Muslims who were heading to the Al Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount for Friday morning prayers. But Israeli officials said they intended to do more than just pray. They claimed that among the would-be worshippers were clerics who intended to incite further violence in Jerusalem – a frequent problem after Friday prayers.

One of the incidents earlier in the week was a car-ramming attack that injured a dozen Israeli soldiers in the capital. The suspect was arrested at the Gush Etzion Junction in the central West Bank on Thursday evening. His brother claimed that the incident was an accident in which the car accidentally mounted the pavement. But that excuse is not likely to be accepted.

Analysts recognise that Israel must keep its co-operation with Palestinian security forces performing well in order to prevent further bloodshed. But the death on Thursday of a Palestinian security officer, as a result of Israeli gunfire, posed a huge problem for continued joint operations. 

Another incident earlier in the week provides a dramatic picture of the severity of the task that the Israelis face. One of their soldiers experienced a direct hit from a Molotov Cocktail in the town of Hebron and says that his escape from injury was a miracle.

An Israeli soldier has a miraculous escape.

In America, the chief architect of the Peace Plan, Jared Kushner, says that the Palestinian Authority’s President, Mahmoud Abbas, is largely responsible:

“He calls for days of rage in response and he said that even before he saw the plan.”

Kushner thinks Abbas:

“was surprised with how good the plan was for the Palestinian people,
but he locked himself into a position”

 by rejecting it even before it had been revealed.