Photo: Associated Press
Mahmoud Abbas
Photo: Associated Press
Israeli opposition says Abbas tried to resume security ties with Israel
Netanyahu aide denies claims President Abbas made overtures to Israel to resume security ties after relations soured in aftermath of Israel's installation of metal detectors outside Temple Mount following deadly terror attack: 'Israel has not returned an answer, something that has prevented progress in thawing ties,' Abbas claims.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli opposition lawmakers on Sunday that he had proposed rolling back his month-old suspension of security coordination with Israel, but that it did not respond to the overture, the delegation said.



Abbas suspended ties on July 21, demanding that Israel remove metal detectors it had installed outside a Jerusalem compound housing the Al-Aqsa mosque in response to the killing of two of its police guards by Palestinian terrorists who had holed up there.


President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)
President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: Getty Images)


Amid Palestinian and Jordanian unrest, and US mediation efforts, Israel dismantled the walk-through gates on July 25 and said it would install less obtrusive security measures.


"We recently communicated with them (Israeli security officials) in an attempt to resume some kind of cooperation," Abbas told a visiting delegation from Israel's left-wing Meretz party, according to a statement issued by the lawmakers.


"But they have not returned an answer, something that has prevented progress in thawing ties," he was quoted as saying.


Abbas aides were not immediately available for comment. His administration's relations with Israel are resented by many Palestinians, such as those from rival Islamist terror movement Hamas.


A Netanyahu aide, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said: "These reported remarks are simply incorrect." The aide declined to elaborate, citing policy of not publishing details on security contacts with the Palestinians.


Despite their impasse in peace negotiations, both sides view the coordination as a means of tamping down violence in the West Bank and preventing would-be terrorists from crossing into Israel over the Green Line.


Al-Aqsa, Islam's third-holiest shrine, is among areas Israel captured from Jordan in a 1967 Six-Day War, which is also situated in the holiest site to Jews, the Temple Mount. Jews revere the site as vestige of their two ancient temples.


Palestinians deemed the metal detectors a breach of this decades-old status quo. As violent protests surged, Israeli forces killed four Palestinians. A Palestinian also knifed three Israelis to death in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank while hundreds threw rocks and Molotov Cocktails at Israeli guards during the protests.


According to the Meretz statement, Abbas said on Sunday that his administration had doubled monitoring of the area since the killing of the two police guards by three Israeli Arab terrorists.


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