Jordan blasts MKs for visiting Temple Mount

Jordanian government accuses MKs of "breaking into" Temple Mount when they visited the compound as part of a police pilot program.

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Jordan on Tuesday condemned the visit by two Israeli Knesset members to the Temple Mount.

The Jordanian news agency Petra claimed that the two MKs, Yehuda Glick (Likud) and Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Jewish Home), “broke into” the Al-Aqsa Mosque “under police escort.”

Jordan’s State Minister for Media Affairs and official government spokesman, Mohammad Momani, called the visit "an irresponsible move" that would exacerbate tension at the site.

Momani demanded that Israel, “as the occupying power, take measures to stop the provocations by (Jewish) extremists against Al Aqsa” and “maintain the ban on visits to the compound by Israeli lawmakers and ministers, which was introduced by Netanyahu about two years ago.”

Glick and Moalem-Refaeli’s visit to the Temple Mount was part of a police pilot program to test whether the blanket ban on MKs visiting the holy site can be safely removed. The ban was initially planned to be lifted for a week, but the test period was shortened to one day at the demand of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The two MKs were the only ones who signed up for the pilot, with other MKs declining to participate and describing the pilot as “humiliating”.

The Jordanian Waqf was left in charge of the Temple Mount following Jerusalem’s reunification in 1967. The Waqf removes every sign of ancient Jewish presence at the Jewish holy site.