The Islamic activists who systematically harass Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, and the mercenaries who rioted on the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem’s streets, rejoiced at the removal of the metal detectors. One of them said, “This is the Muslims’ first victory in Jerusalem since Saladin,” referring to the sultan who captured Jerusalem from the Crusaders in 1187. With their reaction, the “victors” have made a mountain out of a molehill.
The installation of the metal detectors was an immediate tactical response to the murder of two border policemen at the hands of terrorists from Umm al-Fahm. The aim of the measure was to protect Al-Aqsa mosque from itself. The Palestinian demand that they be removed was a declaration of intent to use Al-Aqsa as a weapon and as an arena of future terrorist attacks, with all the consequences that implies. As a possible alternative, Israel may want to consider moving the security fence to the west of Umm al-Fahm and installing the metal detectors at the entrance to the city.