Soldier reports kidnapping attempt in Jordan Valley; Rocks thrown at police officers on Temple Mount

Illustrative photo of an IDF soldier in the Jordan Valley, January 02, 2014.

An IDF soldier claimed on Sunday that three men had tried to force him into a car in an apparent kidnapping attempt. The incident occurred in the Jordan Valley, near the Hamra Junction, while he was waiting at a bus stop.

The soldier, a resident of the Beit Jann Druze village in northern Israel, managed to escape to a nearby olive grove, and there alerted police…

Also: Rocks thrown at police officers on Temple Mount: Palestinian youths hurled stones at Israeli police officers at the Mughrabi Gate entrance to the Temple Mount on Sunday morning. No injuries were reported.

Additional police units arrived at the scene, dispersing rioters, and increasing security on the Temple Mount.

“The reality where there are disturbances on the Temple Mount and prevent Jews from ascending is unacceptable,” said Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel. “I went up this morning and I intend to continue to do so in the future, and I demand from the security forces to secure Jewish sovereignty and allow any Jew to go to the Temple Mount freely.”