Violence struck again at around 4 a.m. on Sunday when a Palestinian from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya stabbed and wounded a 15-year-old Jewish boy on a road outside the Old City, according to the police.
In an impassioned speech interspersed with bouts of dramatic silence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday condemned the Iran nuclear deal as empowering Tehran to spread further unrest in the Mideast while leaving the country capable of making an atomic bomb.
“Israel desires peace with the Palestinians, who continue to spread lies about our policy on the Temple Mount”, Netanyahu said in a statement, using the Jewish name for the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.
He also noted with concerns allegations of excessive use of force against protesters by Palestinian security forces in Bethlehem on Friday, and welcomed the decision by the Palestinian Authority to set up an investigative committee into the conduct of police during this demonstration.
Israeli forces were deployed in large numbers across East Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighbourhoods earlier in the day ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha and the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, both on Wednesday.