Jordan Warns Israel: It May Review Peace Treaty Over Jerusalem Debate

Jordanian PM bashes Israeli discussion of sovereignty over Temple Mount, AFP reports.

Jordan's prime minister warned Wednesday that his country may review its 1994 peace treaty with Israel, after Israeli lawmakers this week discussed sovereignty over the Haram al-Sharif compound (Temple Mount) in the Old City of Jerusalem, French news agency AFP reported.

“If Israel wants to violate the peace treaty in this issue, the entire treaty, its articles, details and wording will be put on the table,” Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur told Qatar’s Al-Watan newspaper in an interview, according to AFP.

Nsur's comments, quoted by state-run Petra news agency, came as Jordan's parliament voted unanimously Wednesday to expel Israeli Ambassador Daniel Nevo and recall its own envoy.

Yet following the fierce reaction to the Knesset discussion across the Arab world, Israel said it would not change its policies on the Temple Mount.

Jordan is the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem under the 1994 peace accord.

“The Jordanian custodianship is not a privilege granted by Israel," government spokesman Mohammad Momnai told Petra, according to AFP. "It is the Hashemites’ historic responsibility that is emphasized in the peace treaty.”

The Knesset on Tuesday held a debate about sovereignty over the contested Jerusalem holy site known as the Temple Mount to Jews and Haram al-Sharif to Muslims.

The site, which marks the spot where Islam says the prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven and Judaism says the holiest part of the two ancient temples stood, has been managed by a Muslim religious trust, the Waqf, for centuries. Jewish prayer is currently forbidden there, but is allowed at the Western Wall plaza below the compound.

The Knesset discussion was initiated by far-right Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, who since winning his Knesset seat last year has waged a fierce public battle to allow Jews to pray at Judaism's holiest site, which is also Islam's third-holiest.

Feiglin also protested the practice of Muslims entering the Temple Mount freely while Jews are searched.

Israeli police on Tuesday clashed with stone-throwing Palestinian protesters at the compound ahead of the Knesset debate.

Reuters