After several days of clashes between Israelis and Palestinians at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to clamp down on Palestinian stone throwers and impose harsher measures to restore calm, the Washington Post website reports today (September 17, 2015).
Netanyahu said new steps would include giving security personnel wider powers to deal with stone throwers, imposing tougher legal penalties, and introducing fines for perpetrators and their families.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called the stone throwing "terrorism" and said it would not be tolerated in other cities around the world.
Saeb Erekat -- secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization -- said Israel had inflamed the situation by attempting to "turn Jerusalem into an exclusively Jewish city" and erase Palestinian history. He added that this week's clashes at the al-Aqsa mosque were the worst since 1969.