Jordan's King Abdullah II on Wednesday spoke with Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas about the crisis surrounding in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Jordanian news agency Petra reported that in a phone call, King Abdullah and Abbas stressed the importance of continuing coordination to bring the situation back to what it was before the outbreak of the crisis and to ensure that the historical and legal status of the mosque are respected.
King Abdullah is working to calm the tensions around the Temple Mount as the Palestinian Arab public continues to refuse to go up to the compound, even after the Cabinet decided to remove the metal detectors that were placed at the entrance following the recent terrorist attack at the compound.
On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered detailed manual inspections of Muslim worshipers on the Temple Mount, as a substitute for the metal detectors and security cameras that were removed. However, police sources said that the directive is not applicable, and that it will not be possible to inspect every worshiper who wishes to enter the compound.