Israel challenges Jordan again

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Maher Abu Tair (Photo: Jordan News)
Israel has learned nothing from previous lessons that have proved that targeting Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif leads to an explosion in occupied Palestine. It keeps on repeating the same act at Al-Aqsa.اضافة اعلان

In Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa during Ramadan, we saw an attack on the Jordanian custodianship on the one hand, and an attack on Palestinians’ popular connection to the mosque on the other. But because Israel believes it can do as it pleases, it saw with its own eyes where the confrontations that spanned from Ramadan 28 until just two days ago, can lead. It was the toughest lesson Israel has had to learn since 1948, in terms of the shift in public awareness and international response.

Israel’s assault on Al-Aqsa caused financial damage as well, as it led to destroying gates, setting fires inside the mosque, breaking historic windows, and burning carpets, among other damage. While this damage can be repaired, it also shows deep malice, that continued on until yesterday, when employees of the Jordan-run Jerusalem awqaf department were detained and groups of extremists stormed the mosque.

This means that Israel, out of vengeance, will continue its policies against Al-Haram Al-Sharif. This calls for Jordan to reassess its peace treaty with the occupation, particularly since Israel is challenging Jordan on the custodianship issue. We can see no way for a diplomatic response via phone calls to be sufficient, if it does not stop Israel from continuing its acts against Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The attack on the custodianship and the flare-up in Jerusalem and all of Palestine is the shared responsibility of Israel’s official authorities and extremists groups; an attach they will attempt a repeat in the upcoming days.

This means that Jordan is facing a renewed crisis at Al-Aqsa, especially since Israel will try to assert its control and sovereignty, and will not back off under any kind of pressure or confrontation. Israel might also leverage this period following Ramadan, when there are fewer worshippers at Al-Aqsa, to attempt several attacks on the holy site. This requires us to be on high alert for vengeful Israeli acts and attempts to reignite the situation at Al-Aqsa through various means, such as banning prayers, closing gateways, storming the mosque, and preventing renovations, among others.

Israel realizes today that it has been facing different circumstances since Ramadan 28, which, naturally, will cause Israel to attempt to reassert its power and avenge the recent events. Hence, Israel will direct its message to two entities; Jordan, in its capacity as the custodian of Al-Aqsa, and Jerusalemites.

At the same time, however, Israel will be cautious so as not to ignite the fire again, which means it will act gradually. Jordan will have to be more assertive than before, especially since Israel has returned to the same tactics at Al-Aqsa, as a way of saying that it was not impacted by the recent events. Israel will not not backtrack on what it calls “security inside Jerusalem”, based on its own standards — the same standards that led during the past weeks to the destruction of historical sites at Al-Haram Al-Sharif, and undermining the mosque.

All elements of the Jordanian state must call for the reassessment of the Al-Aqsa issue, and Israeli actions toward it. The usual management of the situation will not be sufficient, especially since Jordan has international connections that it can leverage to halt Israeli violations in Al-Haram Al-Sharif, which are violations that will lead to larger reactions than the ones we have seen over the past few weeks.

If Israel continues its actions at Al-Aqsa, we will be facing a dangerous situation, even if it appears to have calmed down over the past two days. We must be very alert for what is happening in Jerusalem.

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