United States urges 'good faith' effort to resolve Temple Mount controversy

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However, Palestinians remain furious since Israeli authorities installed metal detectors at the entrance. Most, if not all, worshippers have refused to be subjected to the security checks, and instead, prefer to pray outside the compound.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the pro-settler Jewish Home party, warned of an Israeli "capitulation" that "will damage Israel's power of deterrence and will endanger the lives of the visitors, the worshipers and the police officers".

Though the Temple Mount is Judaism's holiest site, neither Jews nor Christians are permitted to pray there, a privilege reserved for Muslims only. But police said that despite the tensions, hundreds of worshippers had entered the compound.

Protests are breaking out in the occupied old city of Jerusalem after Israeli authorities introduced metal detectors and turnstiles at the entrance of al-Aqsa mosque.

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They called on the faithful "not to enter the mosque through" the detectors. It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming all of Jerusalem as the Jewish state's "eternal" capital - a move never recognized by the worldwide community. Proposals to change security measures at the compound have sparked controversy in the past. Its closure after Friday's attack prompted condemnations from the Arab world.

"We call for an end to all the Zionist measures and for the extremist government to take its hands off the blessed Al Aqsa mosque", it said.

Israel initially closed the mosque after the Friday attack and reopened it Sunday with the new security measures.

Rivlin's office says he assured Erdogan that Israel would "maintain the status quo" at the shrine, addressing Muslim fears that Israel wants to expand its role there.

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Muslims regard the same hilltop compound as the Noble Sanctuary.

The Palestinians fear Israel is trying to retake control of the site by stealth. Conflicts over the holy site, revered by Muslims and Jews, have repeatedly triggered Israeli-Palestinian confrontations. But apparently Israel now has metal detectors that can intercept Muslim prayers to Allah. No further information was immediately available on the attacker's identity. The city's police said it was a necessary requirement for the site to open.

Gilad Erdan tells Israel's Army Radio on Thursday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will rule on the issue later in the day when he returns from a working visit to Europe. He said that security measures of this kind are commonplace in the world. "I haven't heard any opposition in the worldwide arena and at this moment, the Western countries don't understand the Palestinian position", he stated, adding that the metal detectors don't desecrate the Temple Mount.

Three people were arrested according to the Israeli Defense Forces.

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