From Times of Israel:

The high-level security cabinet is set to meet Tuesday evening to discuss a contentious flag march planned in Jerusalem for Thursday, reportedly after Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to leave the decision on the sensitive matter to a smaller forum.

Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai is to present several alternatives in a bid to allow the march to go forward after police initially refused to authorize the event, which was set to follow a path through the Old City’s Muslim Quarter.

Following a meeting between Netanyahu, ministers and top security officials that ended just after midnight Monday night, it was decided that Shabtai would present the proposals to the political leadership for possible authorization.

Organizers had sought to hold a rescheduled flag march through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City on Thursday, after the original march on May 10 was stopped short by rocket fire from Hamas at Jerusalem, which sparked an 11-day bout of intense fighting.

In an official announcement Monday, Jerusalem police denied that they had called off the parade, but said that the date and route of the march should be approved by law enforcement and relevant political authorities. Police earlier reportedly sought to reroute the planned march away from the areas where it could cause a surfeit of friction between nationalist Jews and Palestinian residents of Jerusalem.

Monday evening’s meeting included Netanyahu, Gantz, Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, Shabtai, Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman and Mandelblit. The Ynet news site reported that Mandelblit was only added after Gantz demanded his inclusion, arguing that the meeting was going to touch on legal issues. Animosity is high between Netanyahu and Mandelblit,  ever since the latter decided to indict the premier in three corruption cases, in which a trial is ongoing. CLICK on here to read more.

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