U.S. Chides Israel for Closing Temple Mount After Shooting of U.S. Citizen
Psaki said the U.S. condemned the shooting of Glick even though they disagree with him.
The Anti-Defamation League, though, issued a statement saying the security closure of the Temple Mount was "legitimate" given the "premeditated assassination attempt."
"President Abbas’s inflammatory and irresponsible statement following Israel’s decision to close off the Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa Mosque area, and his failure to condemn the shooting of Yehuda Glick, only serve to further fan the flames of this already volatile situation between Israel and the Palestinians," ADL Director Abe Foxman said in a statement. "Mr. Abbas’ statements are nothing less than irresponsible."
Netanyahu pulled together a special meeting of defense, law enforcement and justice officials on Thursday.
"A few days ago, I said that we were facing a wave of incitement by radical Islamic elements and by Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen who said that Jews must be prevented from going up to the Temple Mount by any means possible. I still have not heard from the international community so much as one word of condemnation for these inflammatory remarks," Netanyahu said at the beginning of the meeting.
"The international community needs to stop its hypocrisy and take action against inciters, against those who try to change the status quo. I have ordered significant reinforcements so that we can maintain both security in Jerusalem and the status quo in the holy places," the prime minister continued.
"This struggle might be long, and here, like in other struggles, we must first of all, lower the flames. No side should take the law into its own hands. We must be level-headed and act with determination and responsibility, and so we shall."
Israel Economy Minister Naftali Bennett told CNN International that what's needed is for the Palestinian leadership "to stop incitement, because they have been calling for these sorts of actions and indeed the words do kill."
"Temple Mount is the most holy place for Jews in the entire world and it's the third holiest location for Muslims. So we have to find a way where both religions can fully exercise their freedom to pray," Bennett said. "That's what we need to be striving for and that's what I hope ultimately will happen."
Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour accused Israel of "provocation."
"When they bring settlers with the army and with the police to come to the Islamic compound of al-Aqsa Mosque, that is intensification the situation and incitement. Nobody is denying anyone al-Aqsa Mosque is always open for visitors. And agreements between Israel and us and the Jordanian authorities, that it is open for everyone but it is not open for except the Muslims to pray there," Mansour said.
"You do not see Muslims praying in churches. You do not see Christians praying in Muslims' mosques. They visit these places, but each would pray in their own holy site."