Seeking to defuse rising tensions with Muslims over access to a holy shrine in Jerusalem, the Israeli Cabinet announced early Tuesday that it would remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to the site after a deadly attack by Israeli Arab gunmen there this month.
Photographs posted on Twitter showed the metal detectors coming down shortly after the announcement.
They will be replaced with high-tech “smart inspection” equipment, the prime minister’s office said in a statement. Israeli media had reported that the government was considering high-resolution cameras that could detect hidden objects.
Until the new equipment is installed, the statement said,...