JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel Police said they uncovered Palestinian stockpiles of rocks, firebombs and pipe bombs on the Temple Mount aimed at disrupting Jewish visits to the holy site ahead of Rosh Hashanah.
The police, using intelligence information from the Shin Bet security service, raided the Temple Mount early Sunday, and found the stockpiles. Palestinian protesters clashed with police forces during the raids, throwing rocks and firecrackers at the officers.
Police reportedly arrested some of the protesters. Visits to the Temple Mount went forward as usual on Sunday morning; the Jewish New Year started in the evening.
“This event was very serious and will require us to rethink the current arrangements in regard to the Temple Mount,” Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said in a statement.