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November 12, 2013 4:46 pm

Jordanian Minister Vetoes Jewish Prayer at Temple Mount

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A view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo: Berthold Werner. A top Jordanian official vetoed an Israeli government request to allow Jewish worship on the Temple Mount.

Abd Al-Nasser, Jordan’s minister for Jerusalem’s Islamic holy sites, said that he is “adamantly opposed” to any form of Jewish worship at the site, the Jordanian daily al-Rad reported.

Under the terms of the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty, Israel recognizes Jordan’s “special role” in managing select Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, which is managed under Islamic Waqf. Currently, Jews are allowed to visit the Temple Mount on select days and times, but are not permitted to pray there.

Last week, Arab-Israeli Knesset members stormed out of a meeting on Jewish visitation to the Temple Mount, the Jerusalem Post reported.

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  • 1pepe_le_pew3

    re Temple mount

    without knowing any details of the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty, I can see no harm, if a site which has equal religious importance, should be allowed to be used by both religions. This may also contribute to a reduction in tensions between Arab and Israeli population