Jordan summons Israeli envoy after ambassador is blocked from Al-Aqsa

Foreign Affairs
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AMMAN — Jordanian Ambassador to Israel, Ghassan Majali was barred by Israeliforces from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque complex on Tuesday. Israeli forces who stopped him stated that he required authorization to enter the premises and asked him to leave. اضافة اعلان

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

In a statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Sinan Majali said Jordan condemns any actions that impede on Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Haram Al-Sharif.

Majali emphasized that the Jordan-run Jerusalem Awqaf and Aqsa Affairs Department has the “exclusive authority” to supervise the holy site’s affairs and manage entries to the site.

Majali added that as an occupying power, "Israel, must adhere to its obligations under international law and the international humanitarian law towards the occupied city of Jerusalem and its sanctities, especially the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque."

Israel must “put a stop to attempts to change the historic status quo” in occupied Jerusalem.

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

Jordan and Israel’s relationship has faced 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”.

‘Unforgivable’MP Khalil Attia had issued a statement after the incident calling on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take swift action in response to the “provocative Israeli aggression”, which he termed an “unforgivable and unbearable insult”, Al-Saa reported.

He urged the Foreign Ministry to respond by “immediately” expelling Israel’s ambassador to the Kingdom and recalling Jordan’s ambassador from Tel Aviv.

The move to drive out Jordan’s ambassador from the holy site, he said, constitutes “a dangerous development by an extremist government.”

“It is a direct attack on the Hashemite custodianship of Al-Aqsa Mosque and an attack on the Jordanian government and the Jordanian people,” Attia said.

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