Jordan's Abdullah: Al-Aqsa Is Open for Muslims Only, Can't Be Shared

In meeting with Israeli Arab lawmakers, Jordan's king asks if Netanyahu is trying to escalate the situation in Jerusalem.

Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury
Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman, Jordan, August 4, 2015.
Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman, Jordan, August 4, 2015.Credit: AP
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

Jordan's King Abdullah said on Sunday that Al-Aqsa Mosque is open for Muslims only and cannot be shared.

"I'll say once and for all, there is no partnership, no division, Al-Aqsa is a Muslim place of worship," Abdullah told Israeli Arab lawmakers.

During the meeting with members of the Joint List, which took place in Amman and focused primarily on the recent rising tensions in Jerusalem, Abdullah asked the MKs rhetorically, "What does Netanyahu want with these actions? To cause a breakdown?"

The king noted that he is following the situation in Jerusalem closely, and said that they will be the main focus of an upcoming meeting at the United Nations General Assembly between himself, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi.

The delegation of Joint List MKs that met with the king will continue on to Istanbul, where they will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyep Erdogan.

Haaretz learned that the mission rose out of a meeting last Thursday between members of the list's Al-Quds Committee and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the recent violence in Jerusalem and the rising tension around Al-Aqsa Mosque.

MK Ahmad Tibi, who heads the Joint List's Al Quds Council group told Haaretz that Jordanian king's involvement is necessary in his capacity as the protector of the holy sites in Jerusalem. Tibi also noted that Turkey has an important standing in the Muslim world.

Last week, King Abdullah spoke with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and asked the American administration to state a clear position on the recurring violence in Jerusalem's Old City and the Temple Mount.

The King also asked Biden to act against "the ongoing Israeli policies at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and end the aggression." Biden expressed concern over the violence on the Temple Mount and the escalating tensions.

Earlier, Abdallah issued a harsh warning statement regarding the recent events in Jerusalem, noting that "further provocation in the city will affect relations between Jordan and Israel, and we'll be forced, unfortunately, to take action."

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