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And Who Is That on the Temple Mount?

By Yisrael Medad
5/26/2014, 2:05 PM

Who is this meeting and greeting the Pope on the Temple Mount?

It is, the Vatican news service informs us:

Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad [for] the Jordanian royal family is the guardian of the holy places of Islam in Jerusalem.

A royal personnage and no official Israel dignatary met with him. received him?

Or, perhaps, he did not wish to meet with them as that would indicate that Jordan recognizes Israel's administration over Jerusalem or "worse", the state's sovereignty?

And did official Israel acquiesce?

"Patron"?

Oh, yes ---

The history of this guardianship dates back to Shariff Hussein bin Ali’s visit to Transjordan in 1924 when he was still King of the Hejaz. He stayed for a number of days in al-Shuna where, on the afternoon of the 11th of March, he was met by a joint popular and official delegation from the people of Palestine led by a group of its most prominent men including Musa Kazim Al-Husseini, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Arab Palestinian Conference, Al-Haj Amin Al-Husseini, Chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council, and Ragheb Nashashibi, the Mayor of Jerusalem. On this day, the people of Palestine gave allegiance to the Islamic Caliphate of Hussein bin Ali which was completed officially in Amman on the 14th of the same month. On the day allegiance was given, he donated twenty four thousand gold Dinars from his own purse for the reconstruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque. 

And on March 2013, an agreement was signed

...between His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, the Custodian of the holy sites in Jerusalem, and His Excellency Dr Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, Head of Palestinian Liberation Organisation, and President of the Palestinian National Authority

and that agreement awarded to Abdallah a recognition granted by Abbas this

His Majesty King Abdullah II, as the custodian of the Jerusalem holy sites, exerts all possible efforts to preserve the Jerusalem holy sites, especially Al Haram Al Sharif, which is defined in item (c) in the Preamble to this agreement, and to represent their interests so as to:

A. assert the respect for the Jerusalem holy sites;
...C. to administer the Islamic holy sites and to maintain them so as to (i) respect and preserve their religious status and significance; (ii) reaffirm the proper identity and sacred character of the holy sites; and (iii) respect and preserve their historical, cultural and artistic significance and their physical fabric;

and that includes

...Al Masjid Al Aqsa with its 144 dunums, which include the Qibli Mosque of Al Aqsa, the Mosque of the Dome of the Rock and all its mosques, buildings, walls, courtyards, attached areas over and beneath the ground and the Waqf properties tied-up to Al Masjid Al Aqsa, to its environs or to its pilgrims (hereinafter referred to as “Al Haram Al Sharif”);

So, is Israel permitting a bit of diplomatic subversion?

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