Seventeen suspects were detained for questioning by Israel Police, after the Friday prayers at al-Aqsa mosque on Jerusalem's Temple Mount. The suspects waved flags and banners supporting terror organisations and shouted incitements to violence, while wearing masks, according to a Israel Police spokesperson.
Around 130,000 Palestinian worshipers prayed at al-Aqsa mosque on the last Friday of Ramadan at the start of a high-tension weekend for Israeli security forces.
This Friday also coincides with Quds Day, observed by Shi'ite Muslims in Iran, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere.
Over 2,000 police and Border police officers were on active duty in Jerusalem's Old City. The IDF, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Israel Police and Mossad all worked together to coordinate security efforts.
A senior security official said that Jerusalem District police commander Doron Turgeman is under heavy pressure – including from the political echelon.
Security forces are readying for all possible scenarios, including attempts at breaking this relative calm with rockets and drone incursions, disruptions around the Temple Mount and cyberattacks.
This comes as the manhunt continues for the terrorists responsible for murdering British-Israeli citizens and Efrat residents Lucy, Maia and Rina Dee in the Jordan Valley.
Military officials say that "numerous attacks in the West Bank and the Jerusalem area were thwarted at the last minute by the IDF and Shin Bet."
A senior security official emphasized that security forces are ready for the tense scenario formed by the "converging threats" against Israel.
"We are ready to use force if required," the source said.
"Israel will pay a heavy price on the home front, but [Hamas leader Yahya] Sinwar and Hezbollah understand very well that they will pay a much heavier price."
"Israel will pay a heavy price on the home front, but [Hamas leader Yahya] Sinwar and Hezbollah understand very well that they will pay a much heavier price."Senior security official
Any actions on the Temple Mount will have significance in the Middle East
A security source told Walla that due to this particularly sensitive period, any action taken, especially around the Temple Mount, will have significance in the Middle East.
"In the Arab world, it is well understood that young people who want to practice 'Iʿtikaf' [sleeping in the mosque during Ramadan] in al-Aqsa Mosque shouldn't come with stones and fireworks and desecrate the place," the source said.
"Our job is to not be dragged into a media ambush."
The police said they are increasing their presence in Jerusalem, with more than 2,000 officers and Border Police forces.
They also emphasized that the police will increase their presence in the crossings surrounding Jerusalem, in east Jerusalem and in the Old City. So far, 31 indictments have been filed against Palestinians from the West Bank who rioted on the Temple Mount and barricaded themselves in a mosque.
Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.