Israel says it has decided to broaden the mandate of its forces following alarming clashes between them and Palestinian protesters in and around the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Duds.
“It has been decided to toughen the measures in many areas,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday at an emergency meeting, also attended by the regime’s minister of military affairs Moshe Yaalon,
“A modification of the rules of engagement will be examined as well as the establishment of a minimum penalty for those who throw stones,” he added.
The Israeli premier also noted that there would be “significant fines” for stone-throwing minors, as well as for their parents.
Palestinians and Israeli security forces clashed in the mosque’s compound and the surrounding occupied Old City of al-Quds (East Jerusalem) on Tuesday for a third consecutive day, raising fears of spiraling violence and prompting international calls for calm.
The day saw Israeli police entering the compound in large numbers and confronting stone-throwers with stun grenades.
Israeli forces also raided the compound on Wednesday.
Interviewed by Press TV on the matter, political commentator and author of ‘Hidden History of Zionism’ from Berkeley, California, Ralph Schoenman said, “One of the most important aspects of this massive repression that is being visited upon the Palestinian people is the constant provocations that have unfolded outside the holiest site of Islam at the Temple Mount and its a constant attempt to lay claims to al-Aqsa.”
“The more they can provoke the Palestinian people into defending themselves, the more they would be in the position to visit (commit) more crimes.”
By Press TV