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July 24, 2017 1:38 pm

Trump Aide Greenblatt Heads to Israel to Try to Diffuse Temple Mount Crisis

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Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at a past meeting. Photo: US Embassy inTel Aviv.

JNS.org – President Donald Trump’s international negotiations representative, Jason Greenblatt, arrived in Israel on Monday to mediate discussions between Israel, the Palestinians and the Jordanians over the Temple Mount crisis.

A Trump administration official said the purpose of Greenblatt’s trip is “to support efforts to reduce tensions in the region,” the Times of Israel reported.

A Palestinian terrorist fatally stabbed an Israeli father and two of his adult children on Friday night in the West Bank community of Halamish. Palestinian rioting and violence has escalated following Israel’s installation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount’s entrance gates, a move that came in response to the July 14 Arab terror attack that killed two Israeli Druze policemen near the holy site.

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