Report: Jordan threatened to expel Israel envoy over Temple Mount clashes
Arab paper says Amman made threat as Palestinians, security forces clashed in Jerusalem.
Jordan threatened to expel Israel's ambassador to the Kingdom last week in the event of Israel choosing to forcibly enter the Temple Mount during clashes in Jerusalem, the pan-Arab paper Al-Quds al-Arabi reported on Monday.
According to the newspaper, tensions between the two neighbors flared as Jordan threatened to carry out the move, which the country said would be in response to Israel intervening in favor of what it called Jewish extremists.
A senior Jordanian source told Haaretz last week that police must keep Jewish religious extremists away from the Temple Mount and keep the Old City's Mugrabi Gate closed. "That will calm the atmosphere while respecting the Jordanian role in Al-Aqsa Mosque," he said.
In an interview to Haaretz last week, Jordan's King Abdullah II further elaborated the significance Jerusalem had to the Hashemite Kingdom, and the concerns the Temple Mount clashes recently raised.
"We are seeing problems in Jerusalem that will directly destabilize not only the relationship with Jordan - which has a special concern and role in Jerusalem that is recognized in the peace treaty - but will also create a tinderbox that will be a major flashpoint throughout the Islamic world," the king said.
"I told Prime Minister Netanyahu, as well as his predecessors, that they have to understand that unilateral actions in Jerusalem are going to jeopardize all these efforts," he added.