Video cameras to be placed at Al-Aqsa mosque compound

BENJAMIN Netanyahu has agreed to install video cameras at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, according to US Secretary of State John Kerry.

 

Mr Kerry said after a meeting today (Saturday) that Netanyahu will also announce more steps Israel intends to take in order to demonstrate that it is committed to maintaining the status quo.

 

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US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

 

He said all of these steps have been accepted by the Jordanian government.

Mr Kerry added that Netanyahu had told him Israel would continue to allow freedom of worship on the Temple Mount and would not deviate from the status quo.

 

In July, dozens of worshippers were injured after Israeli extremist settlers stormed the mosque compound, known as the Temple Mount in the Jewish faith.

 

It is thought the agreement is a compromise in Israel’s favour after Netanyahu  resisted calls for United Nations peacekeepers to be stationed at the site.

 

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Benjamin Netnyahu

 

Last week, he spoke out against pressure from France for an international presence at the site of the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Senior Israeli and Jordanian officials, said Kerry, will meet soon to discuss steps to strengthen security arrangements on the holy site.

Kerry  also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan today,  as well as  Jordan’s King Abdullah.

He has now left on a further diplomatic trip to Saudi Arabia.