Israel on Friday rejected the Palestinian Authority’s calls for a protection force to be deployed in eastern Jerusalem to quell violence around the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
"Let me be crystal clear -- Israel will not agree to any international presence on the Temple Mount. Such a presence would be a change in the status quo," Israeli Deputy Ambassador David Roet told the UN Security Council, according to the AFP news agency. His remarks were made as the 15-member council met in an emergency session to discuss weeks of escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. and the territories. (Read More)