Jordan envoy enters Al-Aqsa following Israeli obstruction

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AMMAN — The Kingdom’s ambassador to Tel Aviv, Ghassan Majali, gained entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque and toured its courtyards on Tuesday evening, after Israeli forces had blocked his entry to the holy site earlier in the day, the Department of Jerusalem Awqaf and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs confirmed. اضافة اعلان

Majali also spoke with the department’s director-general, Azzam Al-Khatib, who briefed him on the latest developments regarding Israeli violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Majali had been barred from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque complex by Israeli forces on Tuesday, as Israeli security personnel on-site stated that he required authorization to enter and asked him to leave.

In response, Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates summoned Israel’s ambassador to the Kingdom on Tuesday afternoon and handed him a strongly worded letter of protest to be delivered immediately to his government.

The letter confirmed the Jordanian government's condemnation of any measures aimed at unacceptable interference in the affairs of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

It reminded the Israeli government that the Ministry of Awqaf, Islamic Affairs, and Holy Places’ Department of Jerusalem Awqaf and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs is the legal entity with exclusive jurisdiction over all affairs at the holy site, and the entity in charge of regulating access to it.

Since 1942, the Hashemite family has served as Jerusalem's Custodian of Muslim and Christian holy sites.

The relationship between Jordan and Israel has been facing tensions since Benjamin Netanyahu took office, bringing with him the most ultra-right and ultra-religious Israeli government to date.

His Majesty King Abdullah in December told CNN’s Becky Anderson that there is “concern” in Jordan about Israel trying to change the status quo of the Hashemite custodianship of the Muslim and Christian holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem.

During the interview, His Majesty warned that Jordan has “red lines”.

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