Jordanian FM blames Israel for prince canceling visit; Gantz appears to blame PM

At a press conference, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi says Israel “did not live up to agreements” regarding the planned visit of Crown Prince Hussein at the Temple Mount yesterday, and “attempted to impose last-minute arrangements that would have limited Muslims on a night holy to Islam.”

The prince had been set to visit on Lailat al-Miʿraj, a holiday marking a journey undertaken by the Prophet Muhammad.

According to a Kan news report, Israel’s account is different, with officials saying the prince’s security delegation that arrived at the border was both larger and more heavily armed than had been agreed. The report said that when Israeli authorities insisted that the Jordanians keep to the terms of the agreement, Hussein canceled the visit.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi speaks during a joint conference with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit in the Jordanian capital Amman on January 6, 2018. (AFP Photo/Khalil Mazraawi)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz appears to accuse the prime minister of somehow being responsible for the incident, saying in a statement that Israel is “committed to agreements with the Jordanians and has great respect for the Jordanian government and King Abdullah.”

He accuses Netanyahu of “heavily damaging” the relations in recent years through his conduct, but gives no further details.