Fire on Temple Mount: What's Behind Recent Jerusalem Clashes? LISTEN

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Palestinian protesters fly Hamas flags at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city, Friday.
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Haaretz Weekly

It was supposed to be a week of celebrations as Jews, Muslims and Christians in the Holy Land all marked their holidays at the same time. But in Jerusalem, and particularly on the sensitive Temple Mount / Al-Aqsa compound, the biggest story in recent days has been the outbreak of violent clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli police.

Nir Hasson, Haaretz's Jerusalem correspondent, and our senior analyst Anshel Pfeffer, join the podcast to explain what's behind this wave of violence and why, despite the fears that it will deteriorate into an all-out war, both Hamas and Israel will likely try to avoid that scenario. Nir also describes what most Jerusalemites really think about the headlines, while Anshel discusses the political effect of these events, and the likelihood of this crisis bringing down Naftali Bennett's government. Listen to their full conversation with host Amir Tibon.

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