Clashes with Palestinians as Jerusalem March Tests New Israeli Govt.

Illustrative IDF troops make a late-night arrest in the West Bank

Illustrative IDF troops make a late-night arrest in the West Bank

Youths wave Israeli flags during a parade marking Jerusalem Day amid Israeli-Palestinian tension as they march along the walls surrounding Jerusalem's Old City, May 10, 2021.

Right wing nationalist Israelis opposed to the creation of the new center-right collation government under Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid have announced a march in and around the historic Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday.

"I am under the impression that the police are well prepared and that a great effort has been made to maintain the delicate fabric of life, and public safety", Barlev said.

In past years, the march passed through Damascus Gate and into the heart of the Muslim Quarter, a crowded Palestinian neighbourhood with narrow streets and alleys. Ben Gvir waved an Israeli flag at the site, in what he said was a personal protest after police banned him from parading through the Muslim Quarter to reach the Temple Mount.

Rallies by far-right Jewish groups in Arab neighbourhoods have raised tensions in recent months, prompting a police intervention in the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound that triggered the deadliest flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence since 2014. While it was diverted from the Damascus Gate at the last minute, it was seen by Palestinians as an unwelcome celebration of Israeli control over what they view as their capital.

After capturing east Jerusalem in 1967, Israel annexed the city in a move not recognized by most of the global community.

It considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians want east Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.

In Israel, 13 people were killed, including a soldier, by rockets and missiles fired from Gaza, the police and army said. The competing claims to the holy city by Palestinians and Israelis lie at the heart of the conflict and have sparked many rounds of violence.

It urged people to gather in the Old City and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque to "rise up in the face of the occupier and resist it by all means to stop its crimes and arrogance".

According to Palestinian sources, Israel's air force targeted at least one site east of the southern Gaza city of Khan Younes.

The terror group also called on Palestinians to "confront Israeli settlers" during the march.

Hamas spokesman Mohammed Hamadeh had earlier warned Israeli's "not to engage in a military escalation on the basis of the march".

New Public Security Minister Omer Barlev said Monday that the march will proceed as scheduled, following a meeting with Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai on preparations for the march.

Organisers consulted police on the best route for the march that begins at 1430 GMT to avoid friction with Arab residents, the government said.

Authorities last week had delayed the march over security threat in the route as former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly put off the march by a week.

United Nations deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said United Nations officials have urged all sides to avoid "provocations" in order to solidify the informal cease-fire that halted the Gaza war.