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Israel PM orders 'significant' increase in Jerusalem police

30 October 2014, 15:03

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday ordered a "significant increase" in police deployments in Jerusalem following an assassination attempt on a Jewish ultranationalist.

Netanyahu called for calm on both sides as rightwing groups reacted angrily to the attack by a Palestinian on Yehuda Glick, a hardliner linked to tensions at the volatile Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

He urged the international community to act against those encouraging violence in the city, pointing the finger at Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

"I have ordered a significant increase in forces as well as in means (available to them) so we can both ensure security in Jerusalem and also maintain the status quo in the holy places," he said in a statement released by his office.

"We must first of all lower the flames. No side should take the law into its own hands," he said.

He blamed Abbas for Wednesday night's attack, accusing him of "incitement" over remarks in which he urged Palestinians to prevent religious Jews from visiting the Al-Aqsa compound "by all means."

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"I still have not heard from the international community so much as one word of condemnation for these inflammatory remarks. The international community needs to stop its hypocrisy and take action against inciters, against those who try to change the status quo," he said.

Although non-Muslims are allowed to visit the Al-Aqsa compound, Jews are not allowed to pray there for fear it could disturb the fragile status quo.

The attempted hit on Glick comes after months of tensions at the site.

The compound houses Islam's third holiest site, but is also the most sacred spot for Jews who refer to the site as the Temple Mount due to the fact it once housed two Jewish temples.

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