Israel criticized Jordan’s statement following the deadly terror attack in Jerusalem, after which worshipers were blocked from entering the Temple Mount.

Temple Mount, archive

Temple Mount, archive Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Yesterday (Friday), Israel criticized Jordan’s statement following the deadly terror attack in Jerusalem, which urged Israel to immediately open the Temple Mount to Muslim worshipers. An Israeli statement read: “Israel rejects the Jordanian statement regarding the terror attack.”

“Instead of condemning the attack, Jordan decided to attack Israel, which protects the worshipers and preserves their freedom of religion,” it said. “Israel won’t suffer any harm at its holy sites and it maintains their status quo. All the parties involved, including Jordan, should demonstrate restraint and prevent the increase of tensions.”

Police neutralized the terrorists

Police neutralized the terrorists Photo credit: Channel 2 News

The Jordanian statement called Israel to “refrain from taking actions that will violate the status quo in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

As reported by JOL, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Israeli security and defense officials in order to assess the situation and ordered the Israel Police to increase security measures in the Old City of Jerusalem. On Sunday, the situation will be reassessed and it will be decided whether to gradually reopen the Temple Mount to worshippers and visitors.

The European Union also released a statement condemning the terror attack: “The fatal terror attack launched against Israeli police officers at the Temple Mount is not only a crime against people on duty, but also a profanation of this holy site. There can be no justification for such a crime or any act of terror. The EU offers its condolences to the families of the victims of the shootings.