By JPOST.COM STAFF 09/20/2015 15:07
Jerusalem has seen an uptick in Molotov cocktail attacks and rock-throwing incidents in recent weeks, as well as an escalation of tensions at the Temple Mount. The Jerusalem Post brings you the latest updates on the situation on the ground and political reactions to the violence.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
9:48 p.m. During an overnight police sweep starting late Saturday night, 27 Palestinian suspects accused of throwing rocks and firebombs at officers in flashpoint Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem were arrested, police said on Sunday.
The crackdown brings the total number of arrests over the last 48 hours to 39. -DANIEL K. EISENBUD
8:20 p.m. According to reports, stone-throwers lobbed rocks at in-transit vehicles on highway 443 Sunday evening. –JPOST.COM STAFF
5:23 p.m. During a security cabinet meeting Sunday afternoon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the reexamination of the rules of engagement in light of escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
Netanyahu went on to say that new measures would have to be enacted in order to prevent and deter future instances of terrorism. –JPOST.COM STAFF
5:21 p.m. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog pointed out that Netanyahu said during this year’s election that, if Zionist Union wins, Israelis will only be able to go to the Western Wall in armed personnel carriers.
“What’s absurd is that, under his watch, that is exactly what is happening. Mothers and babies are attacked and threatened when they leave the house. This is a result of weak leadership that does not know how to protect Isralei citizens’ security,” Herzog stated. –LAHAV HARKOV