Trump’s Mideast Envoy Expected in Israel Amid “Worst Unrest in Years”

JERUSALEM — The Latest on the escalation in Israel and the Palestinian territories over a contested Jerusalem holy site (all times local):

9:20 a.m.

Israeli media are reporting that President Donald Trump’s Mideast envoy is on his way to the region to try and defuse a growing crisis over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

The newspaper Haaretz says that Jason Greenblatt is expected to arrive on Monday in the Trump administration’s first direct foray into the crisis.

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Jason Greenblatt, assistant to President Donald Trump and special representative for international negotiations, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 14. | AFP/Getty

Tensions have been high since Israel set up new measures after Arab gunmen earlier this month opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli policemen.

Israel says the measures are meant to prevent more attacks but Palestinians allege they are an Israeli attempt to control the Muslim-administrated site and have launched mass protests.

Three Palestinians have been killed in street clashes and a 20-year-old Palestinian stabbed and killed three members of an Israeli family in their home in a West Bank settlement.

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8:45 a.m.

Israel’s security Cabinet has reached no decision about the new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site that have set off a wave of violence.

The top decision-making forum met overnight and into early Monday to discuss the latest developments, including an incident in which a security guard at the country’s embassy in Jordan opened fire, killing two Jordanians, after being attacked.

The incident is threatening to complicate the crisis over the holy site, which is administered by Muslim authorities under the auspices of Jordan.

Israel set up the new measures after Arab gunmen opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli policemen. It says they are meant to prevent more attacks. Palestinians allege they are an Israeli attempt to control the site and have launched mass protests.

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 (Includes links to related articles since the start of the crisis)

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One Response to “Trump’s Mideast Envoy Expected in Israel Amid “Worst Unrest in Years””

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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