Israel bars politicians from contested Old City holy site in Jerusalem

By Jodi Rudoren
An Israeli man looked over the body of a Palestinian assailant who was shot dead after carrying out a stabbing attack on an Israeli soldier and three civilians in Tel Aviv on Thursday. Credit Jack Guez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
ISRAEL---Declaring “we do not need any more matches to set the ground afire,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel announced Thursday that he had barred his ministers and members of Parliament from visiting a contested Old City holy site. But that did little to calm the violence that has raged for a week. Many analysts fear that the intensifying provocations there between Muslim worshipers and Jewish visitors threaten to fuel the Israeli-Palestinian political conflict with a combustible religious fervor. [link]