Jordan's King warns Israel

King Abdullah II of Jordan says his position on Jerusalem is "unwavering".

Elad Benari,

King Abdullah II
King Abdullah II
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King Abdullah II of Jordan said on Wednesday that his position on Jerusalem is "unwavering" and all the Jordanian people are with him.

The King affirmed that his country's commitment to the holy city is clear, as Jordan has a historical duty towards Jerusalem as well as the Islamic and Christian holy sites there.

"To me, Jerusalem is a red line, and all my people are with me," he said in a statement quoted by the Xinhua news agency.

"No one can pressure Jordan on this matter, and the answer will be no. All Jordanians stand with me on Jerusalem. At the end of the day, Arabs and Muslims will stand with us as well," added King Abdullah.

His comments came in the wake of the recent tension on the Temple Mount and the Golden Gate compound.

Earlier this week, an Israeli court ordered the closure of the Golden Gate, also known as the Gate of Mercy or Bab al-Rahma in Arabic, where the Waqf recently erected a mosque illegally.

The ruling followed recent riots and clashes occurred on the Temple Mount as Muslims forcibly tried enter the closed Golden Gate compound, which has been closed off for the past 16 years, since it was discovered that those running the site were connected to the Hamas terror organization.

Following that ruling, Jordanian lawmakers called for the Israeli ambassador to be expelled from the kingdom in response to what they termed "ongoing Israel aggression" at holy sites in Jerusalem.

The Temple Mount was left in the hands of the Jordanian Waqf following Jerusalem’s reunification in the Six Day War in 1967. The Waqf has taken advantage of this and removed every sign of ancient Jewish presence at the most Jewish holy site.




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