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YNetEtNews By: Noam (Dabul) Dvir, Elior Levy

 

The defense establishment has been taking steps to lower tensions and reduce incitement; PM Benjamin Netanyahu has called on Jewish and Arab leaders to calm their respective communities.

 

Israel will deploy reinforcements around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City leading up to Passover in an effort to stop rioting and prevent terror attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.

 

Tensions have been on the rise among Palestinians over the Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa mosque. These tensions are a result of the upcoming week-long Jewish holiday of Passover, starting April 22, which is expected to significantly increase the number of Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount area, particularly to the Western Wall where the traditional priestly blessing is attended by thousands. This is coupled with the reports that Jordan will soon install cameras throughout the holy site’s complex and the significant spike in social media incitement centered around the al-Aqsa mosque after months of relative calm.

 

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