Jordanian King Abdullah to Abbas: Respect Temple Mount’s new reality

Jordanian King Abdullah II called Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas this evening telling him “to respect the historical and legal reality” of the holy site in Jerusalem. He added that continued efforts will be made in order to try and solve the crisis in the holy city and bring the situation back to normal.
Abdullah and Abbas Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

As the pressure surrounding the Temple Mount rises and the Palestinian public is calling to intensify the resistance, Jordanian King Abdullah II called Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas this evening (Wednesday) asking him to try to ease tensions. “The historical and legal reality of the Temple Mount must be respected,” Abdullah urged, clarifying that continued efforts are still being made to solve the crisis in Jerusalem and bring the situation back to normal.

Abdullah’s call comes as the Palestinian public continues to resist going to the Temple Mount even after the Israeli Security Cabinet’s decision to remove the metal detectors from the holy compound’s entrance. The Israeli security establishment along with the Palestinian public are preparing for especially tense Friday prayers.

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Following the Security Cabinet meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered for manual security checks to be conducted on Muslim worshippers at the Temple Mount in place of the recently removed metal detectors and security cameras. However, Israel Police officials claim that this is an impractical directive as it is not possible to check every worshipper that wishes to enter the Temple Mount.



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