The decision threatens to reopen the fissures in Israeli society that preceded the country’s ongoing war against Hamas.
Investigators are still trying to determine the scope of the sexual assaults.
Tens of thousands of protesters have marched on the main highway into Jerusalem in an attempt to block Netanyahu’s contentious judicial overhaul plan.
Jewish nationalists prepared to march through Palestine's thoroughfare of the Old City, an event often marred by violence and racist anti-Arab chants.
Israel struck targets in Syria following rare rocket fire from its neighbor, which came in response to an Israeli raid on the holy site during Ramadan.
The air strikes mark a further escalation in the region following violence this week at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site.
The Palestinian prime minister said Bezalel Smotrich's remarks were “conclusive evidence of the extremist, racist Zionist ideology that governs" Israel.
Palestinian medics in the West Bank say one man was killed and four others injured in what appeared to be the worst outburst of settler violence in decades.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said both sides must work to de-escalate tensions that have soared in “a new and horrifying surge in violence.”
The killings took place a day after Israeli troops killed nine Palestinians in the deadliest West Bank raid in years