Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel during the Session "A Conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel" at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 25, 2018. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Manuel Lopez

Israel to permit right-wing march through Jerusalem’s Old City

Israeli officials said on Tuesday that they would allow a far-right march through Jerusalem’s Old City to go ahead, a day after scrapping the event over fears it would rekindle fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Several right-wing Israeli groups had planned a flag-waving procession through the walled Old City’s Damascus Gate and into its Muslim quarter this Thursday, drawing warnings from Gaza’s rulers Hamas of renewed hostilities should it proceed.

The far-right groups canceled the Thursday march after police denied them a permit. Read more, But following a meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet on Tuesday, his office said ministers had agreed the march could be held next week if organizers and police reached an agreement. The principal issue is the route.

“The parade will take place this coming Tuesday (June 15) in a format to be agreed between the police and the parade’s organizers,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said.

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