Roughly one year ago, the current wave of Palestinian terrorism launched amid slanderous accusations that Israel was assaulting Muslim interests on the Temple Mount as Israel’s major fall holiday season was arising. With those holidays around the corner, Israel is taking a proactive approach to stem the tide of potential violence by not only stepping up their security, but by acting against incitement as well.
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced via press release orders to work against incitement on social media, including Facebook, “with the goal of removing inflammatory content. He also instructed that a response team be established to refute disinformation about Israeli policy on the Temple Mount.” In addition, Netanyahu also ordered an increased police presence, particularly in the area around the Temple Mount. In a separate press release, Netanyahu noted ahead of the holiday season, “the risk threshold has risen… The security forces are on heightened alert and I will meet with them today in order to ensure that we will be ready to defend our people during this sensitive period.”
The press release noted that Netanyahu is also continuing efforts to stem political acts, that could spark tensions on the part of the Jewish and Arab members of the Israeli parliament, known as the Knesset. The press release said Netanyahu “ordered that the Knesset Speaker be requested to act to continue to prevent [Knesset Members] and ministers from going up to the Temple Mount during this sensitive period.”
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, September 18, 2016)