Israel, Jordan try to ease tensions in Jerusalem

November 6, 2014 3:36 PM

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to ease tensions at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site Thursday, calling Jordan's king to reassert his commitment to protecting the sacred shrines in hopes of quieting weeks of unrest.

His outreach came a day after Jordan, a key ally of Israel, recalled its ambassador to protest what it called an "unacceptable" Israeli police assault on the hilltop compound in Jerusalem's Old City. Tensions were further heightened after a Palestinian slammed his van into a crowd waiting at a train...

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