Arab League to hold emergency meeting Wednesday on Israeli escalation against Palestinians

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The report fails to mention the numerous peace offers that the Palestinian Authority has rejected or the fact that past Israeli concessions unleashed even more Arab terror and violence.

Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who heads the Israeli defence body for Palestinian civilian affairs, said Israel was open to alternatives to lower the tensions.

Earlier in the day, Israeli officials said they searched the West Bank home of a Palestinian who broke into a home and stabbed to death three Israelis during their dinner.

A large number of Israeli troopers raided the home of 53-year-old Omar Abdel Razek in the central West Bank city of Salfi on Sunday morning, and violently ransacked it before taking the Palestinian lawmaker away to an unknown location.

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On Friday, Israel closed the Al-Aqsa compound for Friday prayers after it installed metal detectors at its entrances, citing security concerns.

Some prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years without any charges brought against them.

An Israeli television channel has reported that Israeli Minister of Internal Front Gilad Erdan revealed on Tuesday that the electronic detectors were placed at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque after consultations made with Arab and Islamic countries.

Israeli security forces said they had arrested 25 men active in Hamas.

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Now, after the clashes in East Jerusalem and the settler killings, Mr Netanyahu does not want to be seen as caving into Palestinian violence, Mr Eldar said.

The holy Quds and al-Aqsa Mosque, as the first Qibla of Muslims, belong to all Muslim people around the world forever, he stressed, adding that Palestinians are the real owners of the occupied territories.

The mixed signals emerging from the Israeli side have contributed to the sense of confusion driving the crisis, during which Israeli ministers have reportedly overruled warnings from senior security officials about the risk of stoking a widening confrontation with the installation of the devices. He did not say whether this means halting security coordination, which would have far-reaching repercussions and sharply raise tensions with Israel.

"They (metal detectors) will remain...." The Arab League said on Sunday that Israel was "playing with fire".

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Three Palestinians were killed in the clashes with Israeli security forces that ensued, and hundreds were injured.

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