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Arab League says Israel ‘playing with fire’ at Temple Mount

The Arab League on Sunday accuses Israel of “playing with fire” with new security measures at the Temple Mount.

“Jerusalem is a red line,” its chief Ahmed Abul Gheit says in a statement, adding that “no Arab or Muslim will accept violations” against the city’s holy sites.

Deadly clashes have rocked Jerusalem since Israeli authorities installed metal detectors at entrances to the Al-Aqsa compound at the site following a terror attack in which three Arab Israeli gunmen killed two policemen.

Palestinians view the measure as an Israeli attempt to assert further control over the site, the third most holy place in Islam and the most revered site in Judaism.

Abul Gheit accuses Israel’s government of “adventurism” and says its moves could trigger a “crisis with the Arab and Muslim world.”

The compound, which includes the revered Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, has been the focal point of tensions between Israelis and Palestinians for decades.


Fatah’s ex-Gaza chief says territory’s border to open in August

An exiled Palestinian politician details his Gaza power-sharing deal with former foe Hamas for the first time. He says the understandings reached in quiet negotiations could lead to a better future for the long-suffering territory.

Mohammed Dahlan tells The Associated Press he expects to see the opening of blockaded Gaza’s border with Egypt by late August.

The former Gaza security chief says a $100 million Gulf-funded power plant would eventually be built to ease crippling electricity shortages.

Dahlan says chemistry between him and Gaza’s new Hamas chief helped forge the once unthinkable alliance. The two, both in their mid-50s, grew up in the same Gaza refugee camp.

Dahlan says he and Hamas chief Yihya Sinwar “realized it’s time to find a way out” for Gaza.

— AP

Abbas adviser says PA consulting with Arab countries over Temple Mount

A top adviser to the Palestinian president says they are holding a series of consultations with various countries to try to lower tensions in Jerusalem over the Temple Mount.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s diplomatic adviser, Majdi al-Khalidi, says Sunday the Palestinians are coordinating with Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco and others.

Abbas announced Friday he would “freeze” ties with Israel “on all levels” until the new security measures Israel imposed at the site after a deadly shooting there were removed. He did not say whether this means halting security coordination, which would have far-reaching repercussions and sharply raise tensions with Israel.

The site is administered by Muslim authorities under the auspices of Jordan but Israel maintains security control of the compound.

— AP

Waqf rejects all new security measures at Temple Mount

The Jerusalem Waqf says in a press statement it will not accept any new Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount.

Israel placed metal detectors at the entrances to the holy site after three Arab Israelis carried out a shooting attack at the site on July 14, killing two Israeli policemen.

The new measures were met with outright rejection by the Waqf, an Islamic trust that administers the site under the auspices of the Jordanian government, which called on Muslim worshipers to pray in the streets until they are removed.

“We confirm our total rejection of the electronic gates and all new occupation measures that will lead to a change in the historical and religious status quo in Jerusalem and its holy sites, especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” the statement says.

The statement is put out be the combined Islamic religious authorities in Jerusalem, which includes the Waqf, the Supreme Muslim Council and the Mufti of Jerusalem.

— Dov Lieber

Israel looking for alternatives to metal detectors at Temple Mount

Israel’s Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, a branch of the Defense Ministry charged with coordinating Palestinian civilian affairs from the Israeli side, says it is looking for ways to ensure the safety of everyone at the Temple Mount without resorting to metal detectors, a point of contention between Muslim leaders and Israel.

COGAT chief Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai tells Al-Jazeera that “we are searching for other options and solutions that will bring safety and ensure another terror attack won’t be carried out.”

The metal detectors were installed after a July 14 terror attack in which three Arab Israeli gunmen shot and killed two Israeli policemen.

— Dov Lieber

Authorities expect 10,000 mourners at funeral of slain members of Salomon family

Local authorities say arrangements are underway for some 10,000 people to attend the funerals this afternoon of three members of the Salomon family, murdered Friday night by a Palestinian terrorist in the West Bank settlement of Halamish.

Yosef Salomon, 70, and his two children Chaya, 46, and Elad Salomon, 36, were stabbed to death in their home by 19-year-old Palestinian Omar al-Abed during a celebration of the birth of a grandson. Yosef’s wife, Tova, 68, was seriously wounded and taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where she underwent surgery on Saturday morning and is currently recovering from her wounds.

The funeral will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Cemetery in Modi’in in central Israel where two of three surviving children live.

“Arrangements have been made on both the local and regional level for the expected arrival of 5,000-10,000 people,” says Jonny Cline, a member of the city council who holds the religious affairs portfolio responsible for management of cemeteries.

Police will be closing all access roads to the cemetery from Routes 1 and 443, and the Modi’in municipality will be providing shuttle buses from several sites in the city.

— Raoul Wootliff

Pope calls for ‘moderation’ after Temple Mount violence

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis appeals for moderation after the deadly violence over the Temple Mount.

Francis tells faithful on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square that he has been following “with trepidation the grave tensions and violence” unleashed at a contested shrine. On July 14, three Arab Israeli gunmen, shooting from the shrine, killed two Israeli policemen. Three Palestinians were killed in street clashes the following week, and a Palestinian terrorist fatally stabbed three members of an Israeli family in Halamish on Friday night.

Francis says: “I feel the need to express a distressed appeal for moderation and dialogue.” He invites others to pray with him so people would aim for reconciliation and peace.

Israeli authorities have imposed new security measures at the Temple Mount, including metal detectors to curb the violence, and tensions have risen over Muslim authorities’ demands that they be removed.

— Agencies and Times of Israel staff

Israel said willing to return bodies of Temple Mount terrorists

Israel is willing to return the bodies of three Arab Israeli terrorists killed after they shot dead two police officers at the Temple Mount on July 14.

The three, all members of the extended Jabarin family of Umm al-Fahm, will be returned under conditions “to be set by police,” according to Channel 10, which breaks the news Sunday.

Israeli authorities often withhold returning the bodies of terrorists until families agree to hold small, private funerals, in a policy intended to prevent the funerals from turning into public demonstrations in favor of more terror attacks.

Virus claims half of ‘Jacob’s sheep’ flock, mentioned in Bible

After a multi-year saga to bring a heritage breed of sheep mentioned in the Bible from Canada to Israel, shepherds Gil and Jenna Lewinsky lost 55 percent of their sheep to blue tongue virus, a mosquito-borne virus that affects livestock, Jenna Lewinsky tells The Times of Israel on Sunday.

The total death toll is in the dozens, as the flock that made it to Israel numbered over 120.

Bringing the sheep from Canada to Israel took diplomatic negotiations between the countries as Israel generally does not allow importation of livestock due to concerns over viruses, including blue tongue virus.

All of the “Jacob’s sheep” breed were given a clean bill of health before leaving Canada on an $80,000 airlift operation and underwent a stormy quarantine upon arriving in Israel.

Jenna Lewinsky says the couple is “devastated” by the deaths. “It hit every single sheep, but half of them were able to survive,” she says. “It has been hard because we love every sheep.”

The couple hoped to start an educational farm to celebrate the Jacob’s sheep breed, whose origins can be genetically traced back to the Middle East some 5,000 years ago. The sheep are characterized by “spots and speckles,” the kind of sheep that Jacob took from Laban in Chapter 30 of the book of Genesis.

— Melanie Lidman

60 headstones toppled at Connecticut Jewish cemetery

Some 60 headstones were toppled in a Jewish cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut.

The damage at the Ateres Knesseth Israel Cemetery was discovered on Friday, when a relative of someone buried there visited the grave site.

The woman who made the discovery told police that when she visited the cemetery on Monday, five days earlier, she had not seen any such damage, according to reports.

Most of the 60 gravestones can reportedly be reset on their bases, but at least two were shattered. The cost to repair the damage is estimated at up to $10,000.

Hartford Police tells the daily newspaper The Hartford Courant that there is no evidence that the vandalism is a hate crime since no anti-Semitic graffiti was found at the scene. There are no security cameras in place at the cemetery.

“It appears to be a random desecration, a cowardly act of vandalism,” Howard Sovronsky, head of the Greater Hartford Jewish Federation, also tells the Courant.


Israel said denying foreign journalists access to Jerusalem’s Old City

The Foreign Press Association, which represents journalists for foreign outlets in Israel, criticizes what it calls the “deplorable situation in Old City Jerusalem where tourists [are] given access while accredited journalists and photojournalists [are] not.”

In a tweet, and a larger statement, the FPA says Israeli security forces have kept journalists out of the Old City’s clash zones over the weekend.

Israel will ‘inevitably lose’ if security coordination halted, PA chief says

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel will ultimately suffer for the freeze in security coordination with the PA.

In comments quoted Sunday by the official PA news site Wafa, Abbas says he took an uneasy decision to halt security coordination over the placement of metal detectors at gates to the Temple Mount.

“They don’t have a right to place the [metal detectors] at the gates to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, because sovereignty over the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is our right…. So we took a decisive and firm stance, especially with regard to security coordination and all kinds of coordination between us and them,” Abbas says.

“This decision we took to stop all kinds of coordination, whether security or otherwise, is not easy at all. But they (the Israelis) have to act and know that they are the ones who will inevitably lose, because we are doing a very important duty in protecting our security and theirs.”

Abbas says that coordination can only return if Israel reverses security measures at the Temple Mount compound put in place after the July 14 deadly shooting attack by three Arab Israelis at the site in which two Israeli policemen were killed.

He adds that he wants to see the Israeli military ceasing all incursions into Palestinian cities.

— Dov Lieber

Turkey’s Erdogan wades into Qatar dispute with Gulf tour

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan wades into the diplomatic crisis gripping Qatar and four other Arab nations on Sunday, traveling to Saudi Arabia at the start of a three-country Gulf tour aimed at helping break the impasse.

Erdogan, whose country has deployed troops to Qatar, is the fifth high-level visitor from outside the Gulf to try to resolve the dispute since it erupted on June 5.

The top diplomats of Britain, France, Germany and the United States have all been through already, underscoring the depth of concern the crisis is causing well beyond the region.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties and transport links with Qatar in early June, accusing it of supporting extremists. Qatar strongly denies the allegation and sees the dispute as politically motivated.

— AP

‘Wonder Woman II’ in the works, Warner Bros announces

Warner Bros. officially announces that it will produce a sequel to its wildly successful “Wonder Woman” film.

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics announce the follow-up, called “Wonder Woman II,” at the Comic-Con in San Diego, according to reports.

The movie reportedly will be set during the Cold War with the Soviets. A release date has not been announced.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. (Clay Enos/DC Comics/via JTA)

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. (Clay Enos/DC Comics/via JTA)

“Wonder Woman” has surpassed $600 million at the box office worldwide, making it the sixth-highest grossing film of 2017.

Meanwhile, Gal Gadot arrived at Comic-Con on Saturday to participate in a panel with her co-stars in the upcoming “Justice League” movie. “Gal Gadot is here and Comic-Con is losing its mind,” the Los Angeles Times reported.


Popular singer Amir Fryszer Guttman dies, hospital announces

Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center announces that popular singer Amir Fryszer Guttman, 41, has died.

Family members of the former Hi Five band member and movie director are gathered at his bedside.

Guttman was rushed to hospital in critical condition Saturday after he drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while rescuing his niece, who was drifting away in the ocean off the Neve Yam beach in Atlit. The niece was saved by his actions, officials said.

Trump lawyer says there’s no talk of Trump pardoning himself

One of President Trump’s personal attorneys says that Trump’s private legal team is not looking into the question of whether the president can pardon himself.

Jay Sekulow tells reporters in Denver, “We’re not researching it because it’s not an issue.”

Sekulow, appearing in Denver Saturday night, was responding to questions from reporters about Trump’s assertion in a tweet earlier Saturday that he has “complete power” to grant pardons.

Sekulow also says there are no discussions about pardons among the president’s private legal team. The White House has been buffeted by an intensifying series of investigations into Russian meddling in the US election last year and possible Trump campaign ties to Russia.

“I don’t know where this came from. There is nothing to pardon,” Sekulow said.

— AP

Funerals begin for three family members killed in terror attack

The funerals of three members of the Salomon family, murdered Friday night by a Palestinian terrorist in the West Bank settlement of Halamish, begins in Modi’in in central Israel.

Local authorities say they expect some 10,000 people to attend the funerals.

Yosef Salomon, 70, and his two children Chaya, 46, and Elad Salomon, 36, were stabbed to death in their home by 19-year-old Palestinian Omar al-Abed during a celebration of the birth of a grandson. Yosef’s wife, Tova, 68, was seriously wounded and taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where she underwent surgery on Saturday morning and is currently recovering from her wounds.

The funeral begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Cemetery in Modi’in, where two of three surviving children live.

Police have closed all access roads to the cemetery from Routes 1 and 443, and the Modi’in municipality will be providing shuttle buses from several sites in the city.

— Raoul Wootliff

Wife, mother of murdered Salomon family members out of hospital for funeral

Tova Salomon, 68, whose husband Yosef and children Chaya and Elad were stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist on Friday, is at the funeral for the three that is currently underway in Modi’in.

Tova was seriously wounded in the attack and has been hospitalized at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

The funeral began at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Cemetery in Modi’in, where two of the couple’s three surviving children live.

— Jacob Magid

Thousands gather in Modi’in as Salomon funerals get underway

Thousands of people are seen gathering at the Modi’in Municipal Cemetery in central Israel for the funerals of three members of the same family murdered over the weekend in a terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Halamish.

Several Israeli flags are being held by mourners attending the funeral.

Housing Minister Yoav Galant (Kulanu) and MKs Motti Yogev (Jewish Home) and Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) are also in attendance along with hundreds of members of the close-knit community.

Mourners attend the funeral of Yosef Salomon, 70, and his two children Chaya, 46, and Elad Salomon, 36, who were stabbed to death in their home by 19-year-old Palestinian Omar al-Abed, July 23, 2017. (Raoul Wootliff/The Times of Israel)

Mourners attend the funeral of Yosef Salomon, 70, and his two children Chaya, 46, and Elad Salomon, 36, who were stabbed to death in their home by 19-year-old Palestinian Omar al-Abed, July 23, 2017. (Raoul Wootliff/Times of Israel)

Yosef Salomon, 70 and his two children Chaya, 46, and Elad Salomon, 36, were stabbed to death in their home by 19-year-old Palestinian Omar al-Abed during a celebration of the birth of a grandson.

— Raoul Wootliff

Husband of surviving Salomon sister: Time to annex West Bank

At the funerals of members of the Salomon family murdered in Friday’s terror attack, Rafi Mendel, the husband of one of the surviving sisters, calls to annex the West Bank.

“I pray to God to give wisdom and understanding to our prime minister. It’s time to understand that we need to end the illusions of the Palestinians that they will ever have control over our land. It’s time to impose Jewish sovereignty over all of it,” he says.

— Raoul Wootliff

Halamish rabbi: Salomon household was ‘based on making other people happy’

At the Salomon family funeral, Rabbi Yonatan Glass, rabbi of the Halamish settlement, recalls a family “based on making other people happy.”

A Halamish spokesman reads the statement from the rabbi:

“Only someone with no vestige of humanity could raise their hand against Yossi [Salomon] and his family. Yossi who made everyone he came across happy. Yossi who gave money to the community and families that didn’t have for themselves. The Salomon family household was based on making other people happy.”

— Raoul Wootliff

Security cabinet to meet over security measures at Temple Mount

The security cabinet is set to meet shortly to discuss the continued use of security measures, including metal detectors and high-tech cameras, at the Temple Mount.

Elad mayor vows more West Bank construction after Salomon slayings

Yisrael Porush, mayor of the town of Elad, the hometown of Elad Salomon who was murdered in Friday’s terror attack, promises to respond to the attack with increased West Bank construction.

“We in Elad will be here for the family. We will be with you but we will also not let this pass without a response. We will double and triple the size of Elad,” Porush tells thousands of mourners at the funeral.

— Raoul Wootliff

Wife of Elad Salomon says husband ‘fought back,’ saving their children

Michal Salomon, wife of murdered Elad Salomon who is being buried today together with his father Yosef and sister Chaya, tells Channel 2 that her husband fought back against the terrorist during Friday’s attack.

“I know from his wounds and from what I was told [by investigators] that he fought back.”

While 19-year-old Palestinian Omar al-Abed launched his attack at the family home in Halamish, Michal Salomon whisked their children away to a locked room in the house and hid them.

“I think as soon as the incident began, Elad and I had an unspoken agreement,” she tells Channel 2 in an interview. “He saw me and I understood my job was to take the children away and his was to fight to delay the terrorist,” saving the children.

Speeches concluded, murdered Salomon family members accompanied to graves

The memorial speeches are concluded at the funerals of three members of the Salomon family in Modiin.

Family and friends are now accompanying the bodies of Yosef, Elad and Chaya to their graves at the municipal cemetery.

— Raoul Wootliff

Murdered members of Salomon family buried

A five-minute walk from the entrance to the Modiin Municipal Cemetery, surrounded by trees of the Ben Shemen forest, the bodies of Yossi, Elad and Chaya Salomon are laid to rest.

Tova, Yossi’s wife, who was brought to the funeral from Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem after being released from the hospital this morning, chooses not to accompany the bodies of her husband and two children to their final resting place, remaining at a distance with other members of the family.

Family members recite the Kaddish prayer after each body is placed in the ground.

— Raoul Wootliff

Burial ceremony comes to an end as mourners continue arriving

The brief ceremony at the gravesides of the Salomon family comes to an end, with the Jewish custom for each of those at the funeral to partake in the burial by shoveling some of the displaced dirt onto the bodies.

Members of the public continue to arrive at the cemetery, either walking from the police roadblock near Modi’in or on municipal shuttles that are still running to the Modi’in Municipal Cemetery.

— Raoul Wootliff

Settlements woefully undefended, says Samaria Council leader

Ahead of a security cabinet meeting this evening, in the wake of the Friday terror attack in Halamish, Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan issues a report arguing that West Bank settlements are woefully under-protected.

The report describes a “lack of fences, electronic devices, security roads, lighting, and a dearth of positions for security officials in settlements,” according to a press statement by Dagan.

The report, issued by the Samaria Regional Council, finds insufficient defenses in dozens of settlements and suggests some NIS 40 million are needed to correct the lack.

Michal Salomon eulogizes murdered Elad as ‘perfect husband’

Michal Solomon, the wife of Elad, who was killed in Friday’s terror attack, eulogized him at the funeral in Modi’in earlier this evening with these words:

“My Elad, my dear husband and my best friend. Thirteen years ago we met in Neve Tzur. I met a quiet, calm and stable man. I felt certain in my decision to spend out lives together.

“You were a perfect husband, we couldn’t have asked for anything more. You were excited by our kids. You cared about them. You played with them like a kid yourself.

“We had a real partnership. We made decisions together. We worked together. Now you are not here for me and it scares me.

“You loved our family. And we loved you.

“My love for you will never end. I thank you for all the years you had with me and the children. I could never imagine it would end so suddenly.

“I want to say thank you to everyone here. In the last two days I have received so much strength from people I don’t know. You don’t know how much you have helped me.

“Yossi and Chaya,” Elad’s father and sister, also murdered in the attack, “I will miss you.”

— Raoul Wootliff

Palestinians report clashes, wounded near Jerusalem

Palestinian media say several Palestinians are wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem and at Qalandiya, north of the city.

Netanyahu: The pain is deep, but our roots here go just as deep

As three members of the Salomon family are buried in Modi’in, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israelis are stronger than the terrorism that killed them.

“We are in Jerusalem, but our hearts are with the Salomon family in Modi’in,” he says at a state memorial ceremony for Zionist thinker Ze’ev Jabotinsky at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl.

The stabbing murders of Yosef, Elad and Chaya Salomon were “heartbreaking” and “cruel terrorism, the product of a vast, unchecked hatred toward Jews.”

He adds: “For a hundred years now, we’ve been dealing with this murderous terror — and overcoming it. The pain runs deep, but our roots in this land run just as deep. Terror will never defeat us. Terror will never triumph over us. We will continue to strengthen our country and build our land.”

Palestinian Red Crescent says 10 wounded in Qalandiya clashes

The Palestinian Red Crescent says in a statement that it is treating 10 injured at the Qalandiya checkpoint, located between Jerusalem and Ramallah, where Palestinians are clashing with Israeli security forces.

Three were shot by rubber-coated bullets, six suffered from tear gas inhalation, and one person fell, the Red Crescent says.

— Dov Lieber

Palestinian man lightly hurt from IDF fire in Jordan Valley incident

A Palestinian man is lightly hurt from IDF fire at a checkpoint in the Jordan Valley.

According to the army, the man does not stop his vehicle as it approaches the Hamra checkpoint, even when soldiers shout to him to stop.

Palestinian media say he was shot in the leg, but was already fleeing the scene when soldiers opened fire.

The IDF gave him initial medical care and handed him to the Palestinian Red Crescent, which says he is lightly wounded.

Trump’s son-in-law Kushner to testify on Capitol Hill — twice

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner will meet behind closed doors this week with both the House and Senate intelligence committees that are investigating possible collusion between the president’s campaign and Russia.

Kushner, who is married to Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka, will testify before the Senate intelligence committee on Monday, according to his lawyer, and before the House panel on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old White House aide will be asked about his meetings with Russia’s ambassador to Washington, the head of a major Russian bank and a Russian lawyer — the latter along with Trump’s son Donald Jr.


Palestinian teen hurt by IDF fire as he approaches settlement near Qalqilya

A 15-year-old Palestinian is lightly wounded by IDF fire as he approaches the settlement of Tzofim, near the West Bank city of Qalqilya.

IDF medics treat him, according to initial reports.

According to reports, a nearby IDF force saw the teen and another youth, also 15, setting tires on fire near the settlement when it ordered them to leave, then shot in their direction as they approached.

Security failures may have enabled Friday’s deadly terror attack — report

The investigation into the terror attack that left three Israelis dead in Halamish on Friday night finds failures in the settlement’s security envelope, Channel 2 reports.

The settlement is surrounded by a fence that detects contact. It reported an extended touch on Friday shortly before the attack, but no forces responded to the detection.

Authorities approved and funded the installation of cameras along the fence, but these were never installed, the investigation finds.

Israel sending envoy to Amman to resolve crisis

Israel is sending a high-level envoy to Amman to try to help resolve the crisis, after an Israeli security guard was stabbed and then shot and killed his attacker and a bystander, Israel Radio reports.

Jordan is refusing to let the guard go without being questioned. Israel insists he has diplomatic immunity.

The report did not identify the high level envoy being sent to Jordan.

5 hurt in Swiss chainsaw attack

Swiss police say five people have been hospitalized, two of them with serious injuries, following an apparent attack by a chainsaw-wielding man in the northern city of Schaffhausen. Authorities are searching for a man.

Local media said the man was running though the town with a chainsaw. However, police could not confirm this, as yet.

Police spokeswoman Cindy Beer says, “We can’t say exactly what happened at this point.”

“We just know that a person wounded several people,” she says. The man’s whereabouts are currently unknown.


Netanyahu meeting security chiefs over Jordan crisis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting with his security chiefs in the wake of the stabbing and shooting at the Israeli embassy in Jordan.

Netanyahu is meeting with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and the heads of the army, the Shin Bet and the Mossad, channel 10 reports.

A cabinet meeting over the crisis and ongoing Temple Mount tensions has been delayed until the evening.