Palestinians to maintain freeze on Israel contacts

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said on Tuesday he will maintain a freeze on coordination with Israel, despite the removal of controversial metal detectors at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site.
“Unless all measures go back to what they were before July 14, there will not be any changes,” Abbas said in a speech ahead of a meeting with the Palestinian leadership of the date Israel temporarily closed the site after an attack that killed two policemen.
Earlier in the day, Israel removed metal detectors from entrances to the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday in favour of CCTV cameras, hoping to calm days of bloodshed, but Palestinians said the modified security measures were still unacceptable.