Transcript for The Threat Posed by Mosque Closing in Jerusalem
Israel has closed one of the holiest sites in Islam the Al off the mosque in Jerusalem preventing Muslim worshippers from praying there. Israel says the unusual step is meant to calm tension but it has had its opposite. Violence was escalating early today Israeli security forces fatally shot a Palestinian man. They say was responsible for a drive by assassination attempt on an Israeli activist on Wednesday. What's it faces shots were fired killing the terrorists in a statement Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas did not condemn the assassination attempt but lashed out at Israel for closing the month. Abbas calling it a declaration of war against the Palestinians and the entire Arab and Muslim world. Emotions between Arabs and Jews were already brawl over Israel's plans to build about a thousand housing units in East Jerusalem. Also today Sweden's new government recognized the Palestinian state. Becoming the third Western European country after Malta and Cyprus to do so and face the territory. At people who and the government. Meanwhile Israeli officials say B already strained relations between their country in the United States have deteriorated to an all time low this after an article in the Atlantic magazine quoted a senior Obama administration official using a derogatory word. Describe prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu be the White House moved quickly to calm the situation the fact is that it comments like that do not reflect the administration's view. To bolster its point the White House notes that national security advisor Susan Rice is meeting with her Israeli come apart from meetings in Washington today. Susan on the ABC news Washington.
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