Erdan: No Israeli security agency objected to Temple Mount metal detectors

Minister of Internal Security told Army Radio that "the IDF, the Shin-Bet and the Police were involved in the decision-making process, and none of them objected."

By ARIEL WHITMAN
July 23, 2017 10:34
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Gilad Erdan. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan said on Sunday that "no government security agency warned that putting up the metal detectors would provoke the reaction we've seen."

Erdan told Army Radio that "the IDF, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the police were involved in the decision-making process, and none of them objected."

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The government's security cabinet was slated to hold a discussion Sunday regarding the mounting tensions between Israel and the Palestinians over the government's decision to install metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem following last week's deadly terror attack in which two Israeli policemen were killed by three  Arab-Israeli terrorists.

Channel 10 reported Saturday night that Erdan is expected to talk to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in order to check out alternatives to the metal detectors, including the option of using full body scanners but without conducting an invasive inspection of visitors to the site.

"We are examining options and additional alternatives [to the metal detectors] that will ensure safety and prevent a terror attack from happening again," Maj.-Gen. Yoav Poly Mordechai, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, told BBC Arabic on Saturday night.

"We have ideas, including the removal of the magnometers which are solely a security solution, and we'll see what the existing alternatives are," he added.

Joy Bernard contributed to this report.


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