Intifada III? The Al-Aqsa mosque and Temple Mount area has repeatedly been a flash point for violence. For example, during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's first term in 1996, he opened an exit in the Western Wall tunnel, sparking riots that left some 15 Israelis and 60 Palestinians dead. Many Palestinians had seen it as an attempt by Israel to appropriate Muslim sites and increase its grip on East Jerusalem. The second intifada in 2000 was started when Ariel Sharon, months before becoming prime minister, visited the holy site against Muslim wishes. With a dispute over the area yet again provoking violence, many fear the current uprising could turn ugly in a hurry.
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