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Israeli coalition on verge of collapse as Jerusalem roils

The tensions at Jerusalem’s holy sites is tearing apart what little is left of the Israeli coalition government.

The compound that Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims call Haram al-Sharif, holy to both religions, is a perennial flashpoint, a powder keg that can always be counted on.

In October 2000, hard-line Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon's visit sparked rioting that became known as the second Palestinian intifada and left thousands dead over five years.

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