Salah al-Bardawil, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, made a promise on Wednesday on his Twitter account (translations by Abu Ali Express):
The flag march will not take place! Those who dare to knock on the door will receive an answer, and the door of al-Aqsa is not an ordinary door for impure hands to touch. The unruly herd must understand this when the response is heard, and it will come. There is no other option…Then, after the march that he promised would never take place, he changed his tune, in the very next set of tweets:
The flag march. The nearsighted, impatient, and historically ignorant individuals are the ones who believe that the Zionist enemy emerged victorious due to their Korah-like march (referring to the biblical Korah, who was swallowed by the earth – Abu Ali). They assume our people and resistance were too feeble to curb their arrogance. Everyone needs to understand that the balance of gain and loss runs much deeper than what one perceives… Our people have not surrendered or forsaken their rights, and our enemy will know no rest from the terror. History reveals that the rightful prevail in the end.
Abu Ali notes that Fatah has been making fun of Hamas for its days of threats to stop the march evaporating so quickly.
The typical theme in Arab media this morning is that the large police presence proves that Israel's hold on Jerusalem is weak.
The police presence was there because of the (quite credible) threats of violence.
The terrorist leaders threaten war, Israel takes no chances with the security of its citizens, and then they exult "Look how seriously they took us! We are powerful!"