Jordan: Israel's Actions on Temple Mount Violate Peace Treaty

After violent clashes in Jerusalem holy site, Jordan's Foreign Ministry summons Israeli ambassador to protest 'Israeli violations.'

Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old city, on April 20, 2014.
Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old city, on April 20, 2014. AFP

Israeli Ambassador to Jordan Daniel Nevo was summoned Monday by the Jordanian Foreign Ministry following violent clashes between Israeli police forces and Palestinian youths on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Sunday.

The Jordanian ministry conveyed the Hashemite Kingdom's protest of Israel's so-called violations and break-ins against the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, and told the ambassador that Israel's actions in the holy site pose a violation of the peace treaty between the countries, and "constitute and extreme insult to bilateral relations," the Jordanian news agency Petra reported.

In its talk with the Israeli ambassador, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry accused Israel of assaulting Muslim worshippers and allowing Jewish extremists in the holy site, Petra reported. Ambassador Nevo said he will convey the Jordanian message on Monday.

Tensions on the Temple Mount, known in Arabic as Haram al-Sharif, or “the Noble Sanctuary,” have increased recently, with barely a day passing without any incident in recent months.

Most incidents involve Jews attempting to access the area in order to pray or demonstrate a Jewish presence. The growing strength of the Jewish Temple Movement and other organizations that seek to change the status quo on the Temple Mount has exacerbated these tensions, as has the crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

On Sunday, Israeli police forces and Palestinians youths clashed on the Temple Mount, and for the first time ever, the rioting spread into the Old City's Muslim Quarter. Two police officers and 24 Palestinian protesters were wounded.

Police said that dozens of Palestinian youths, many of them masked, were throwing stones and fire-crackers at police forces from within the Al-Aqsa mosque.