Temple Mount debate spurs Jordanian legislators’ call for end to peace treaty with Israel

The Temple Mount. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Almost 50 Jordanian legislators called for an end to the Jordan-Israel peace treaty over an Israeli Knesset debate concerning the sovereignty of the Temple Mount.

On Tuesday, Likud MK Moshe Feiglin held a special debate in the Knesset regarding limitations of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, the Jerusalem Post reported.

As a result of the debate, 47 Jordanian legislators signed a petition calling for an end to the Jordan-Israel peace treaty. Other Jordanian lawmakers called for the country to expel the Israeli ambassador to Amman and to recall Jordan’s ambassador, the Jordan Times reported.

According to the 1994 Jordan-Israel peace treaty, Israel recognizes Jordan’s special role in the administration of the Muslim Holy Sites on the Temple Mount and grants custodianship to Jordan over the Muslim Waqf, which administers the site.

While Jews are permitted limited access to the Temple Mount, they are forbidden to worship at the site. Recently, riots by Muslims on the Temple Mount have erupted over the Jewish presence there. 

Posted on February 26, 2014 .