Jordan Weighing Steps Over Temple Mount

Amman may recall its ambassador yet again to 'stop Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa,' Jordanian officials insist.

Tova Dvorin ,

File: Jordanian ambassador Walid Obeidat (R) with President Rivlin
File: Jordanian ambassador Walid Obeidat (R) with President Rivlin
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Jordanian officials are once again considering recalling their ambassador to Israel on Sunday, as part of measures designed to pressure Israel into conceding security control over the Temple Mount. 

Recalling Ambassador Walid Obeidat would be part of "taking effective steps to stop Israeli attacks on the Al-Aqsa mosque," officials stated, according to a report in the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hiyat

Steps to increase pressure on Israel from defending the Mount - Judaism's holiest site - against an outbreak of Muslim rioting have been raised in Jordanian parliament, officials added, and recalling Obeidat "for consultations" is on the table. 

Both legal and diplomatic options to stop "Israeli provocations" are being explored, they said, but added that a definitive statement for supporting the Palestinian Arab presence on the site is being stalled by Israel's ongoing police defense in Jerusalem and a lack of support from the Arab world vis-a-vis the Jordanian position. 

The Jordanian Waqf Muslim Authority maintains prime responsibility for the Mount, and has banned Jewish prayer rights there and severely restricted Jewish visits. 

Israel implicated Amman in aiding the latest outbreak of violent rioting, as Waqf authorities have allowed Islamists to camp overnight at the site for the express purpose of attacking Israel Police forces.

The military situation recently spilled over into diplomatic tensions, with Jordan's King Abdullah II reportedly refusing to take Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's calls. 

Jordanian officials also met earlier this month with a delegation of Arab MKs who visited explicitly to discuss Temple Mount issues - namely, to further weaken Israeli sovereignty over the site.