Jordan recalls ambassador from Tel Aviv in protest over Temple Mount
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Jordan recalls ambassador from Tel Aviv in protest over Temple Mount

Palestinians ready to go to Security Council over what they say are unacceptable Israeli actions at sensitive site

Israeli security forces walk near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque in the Temple Mound, November 5, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/AHMAD GHARABLI)
Israeli security forces walk near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque in the Temple Mound, November 5, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/AHMAD GHARABLI)

Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour asked his foreign minister to “recall the Jordanian ambassador from Tel Aviv in protest at Israel’s escalation on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound,” the Petra news agency reported.

On Sunday, King Abdullah told Jordanian lawmakers that Amman would work to thwart “unilateral” Israeli moves in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian leadership plans to turn to the UN Security Council following renewed rioting at the Temple Mount Wednesday, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said.

“We warned that this is a red line that we cannot keep quiet on,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh said, according to Israel Radio, adding that Israel was trying to escalate the situation at the holy site with the aim of isolating the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Temple Mount has been a source of friction between Israel and the Palestinians in recent months, with Palestinians frequently clashing with police in protests against Jewish visitors to the compound and Israeli politicians calling for Jews to be allowed to pray there.

The site was briefly closed to visitors on Wednesday morning, after Palestinians on the mount threw rocks and set off fireworks at security forces near the gate used by non-Muslims to enter the site.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: King of Jordan Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters on September 24, 2014 in New York City.  (photo credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP)
King of Jordan Abdullah II speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters on September 24, 2014, in New York City. (photo credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP)

Israel Radio reported that police chased the rioters into the al-Aqsa Mosque. Police took the rare measure of entering several meters into the mosque, where they saw a stash of stones, bottles, and Molotov cocktails that the demonstrators had prepared.

The Arab Israeli Balad party issued a statement condemning police for “playing with fire” by taking the “provocative” and “disproportionate” step of entering the mosque, further charging that they caused damage to holy books.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for calm and restraint and pledged not to change the status quo at the site, the holiest place in Judaism, where Jewish prayer is not allowed by Israel.

The compound was closed to all visitors on Thursday last week following the attempted murder Wednesday of right-wing activist Yehuda Glick, who campaigns for Jewish prayer at the site, by a Palestinian from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor.

Abbas called the closure “a declaration of war.”

Police reopened the site for Muslim prayers on Friday and on Sunday to Jews and other visitors.

Just days before the attempted assassination, Abbas submitted a request for an emergency meeting in the UN Security Council about the situation on the Temple Mount. He had earlier joined Hamas in calling for Palestinians to defend the site.

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