Itongadol/AJN.- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu\’s government must prevent extremism atop the al-Aksa Mosque, Jordan warned Israel, according to Al Arab Al Yawm.
Amman reportedly sends letter admonishing Jerusalem against extremism on Temple Mount
The Amman-based newspaper reported on Monday that the Jordanian government has reiterated its concern over religious tensions in Jerusalem, warning Israel not to jeopardize the status quo in the city\’s most volatile holy site.
Violence between Israel and the Palestinians has spiked in recent weeks following a dispute over access to a religious site, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in.
The compound which houses the al-Aksa mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock is the third-holiest site in Islam and the holiest in Judaism.
Israel\’s Foreign Ministry, the paper states, received a formal letter from Amman urging Jerusalem to fulfill its responsibilities and prevent any acts of violence by extremists and settlers on the compound.
We expect Israel to "carry out its duties and prevent attacks" by hardliners at the contested al-Aksa Mosque, the letter reportedly said.
Jordan has recalled its ambassador to Amman for consultations, following the wave of violence and has not announced a date yet for his return.
The Temple Mount is under the control of the Islamic Wakf. Only Muslims are allowed to pray there, but Jews and Christians can visit.