Following a day of clashes between security forces and Arab rioters in Jerusalem, Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal on Sunday evening stated that the fate of the capital would be determined by force, not negotiations.
Also on Sunday evening, Jordan warned Israel against "provocative behavior" in the city, saying continued violence could "derail all opportunities of peace and stability in the region."
"Any new provocative attempts by Israeli troops and Jewish extremists such as what happened today in the shrine's compound represents a flagrant violation of international law and conventions and sets the stage for more tension and acts of violence," Jordanian Minister for Media Affairs and Communication Nabil Sharif was quoted by the UAE-based Khaleej Times as saying in a statement.
Unfortunately, Israel's horrendous history of keeping its promises to the Palestinians and the world(except in the breach), gives Mashaal and Jordan's Minister Nabil Sharif every reason to believe that this is true.
Any kind of violent demonstration on the part of Palestinians will result in more more Israeli crackdowns, arrests without charge, more evictions in East Jerusalem, and more pain for Gaza, already reeling under a draconian Israeli siege.
It appears to be that Israel wants just this kind of violence to happen, with the IDF having attacked worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and with Israeli rabbis clamoring for a demonstration at Al-Aqsa very shortly.