Jordan's King Abdullah to Netanyahu: Remove Metal Detectors From Temple Mount

In phone call, Israeli prime minister and Jordanian king discuss both the Temple Mount crisis and the killing at the Israeli Embassy in Amman ■ Abdullah to Netanyahu: 'There's a need to dismantle what caused current crisis'

Netanyahu and Jordan's King Abdullah, January 2014.
Netanyahu and Jordan's King Abdullah, January 2014. Kobi Gideon / GPO

Update: Israel-Jordan Embassy Crisis Ends: Diplomats Evacuated, Cross Border Into Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Jordan's King Abdullah on both crises concerning the Temple Mount and the Israeli Embassy in Amman.

During their telephone conversation, Abdullah told Netanyahu that the metal detectors placed near the Temple Mount entrances should be removed.

The Temple Mount crisis, explained

"The king stressed that a quick solution should be found and to dismantle what caused the ongoing Temple Mount crisis, restoring the situation that existed before the crisis' outbreak and to fully reopen the Al-Aqsa Mosque," according to a statement from the Jordanian royal family.

"The king added that an agreement should be reached on arrangements that will prevent a recurrence of such escalations in the future while respecting the status quo of the Temple Mount."

Shin Bet security services chief Nadav Argaman traveled to Amman on Monday to negotiate a solution to the diplomatic crisis that developed after an Israeli Embassy guard shot dead a Jordanian teen who tried to stab him. Another Jordanian was also killed in the incident. 

A senior Israeli defense official's trip to Jordan was reported earlier Monday, but Argaman's identity was not cleared for publication until Monday evening. Argaman met with the Jordanian intelligence chief in Amman Monday morning and returned to Israel later in the afternoon, when he briefed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the details of the talks.

"Talks are being held with the Jordanians via the defense establishment," a senior Israeli official, who asked to remain unnamed, told Haaretz. "We are trying to move toward ending this crisis."