Religious Jews cannot be at the Temple Mount and if they had anything to do with these events it would be to prevent other Jews from going to the Temple Mount. Legally they can go but religiously they cannot. Everyone in the Middle East knows this, so who is going to vandalize the Al-Aqsa Mosque? Whoever mentioned the proximity of the renewed riots with the recently announced elections nailed the problem to the "t". It's classic Mid East politicking, the ole' flash n'bang what $200 million in UN relief smoke in the eyes... works like a charm.
Law expanding definition of terrorist activity passes first Knesset reading (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel Police battle Arab rioters on Temple Mount; PA official arrested