Jordan to expel Israeli ambassador-UPDATED-2

The Arab League also on Wednesday warned against the dangers posed by increasingly frequent Israeli violations against residents and holy sites in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Jordan to expel Israeli ambassador-UPDATED-2

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Jordanian parliament on Wednesday voted to expel the Israeli ambassador following an Israeli Knesset debate on proposals to imposeIsraeli oversight of Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).

"Parliament voted unanimously to expel the Israeli envoy from Amman," lawmaker Khalil Attia told Anadolu Agency.

The parliament vote is not, however, binding on the Jordanian government.

"We will withdraw confidence from the government if it fails to enforce the move," Attia threatened.

He went on to say that Jordanian lawmakers would address all Islamic and international parliamentary bodies with the aim of "exposing Israeli violations in holy sites in Al-Quds."

On Tuesday, 30 lawmakers signed a petition asking their government to expel the Israeli ambassador and revoke the 1994 peace agreement with Israel.

The move came in response to proposals by an Israeli lawmaker to place the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under Israeli oversight.

Since the 1950s, the Hashemite Kingdom has administered and overseen all Muslim and Christian religious sites in Al-Quds.

A 1994 peace treaty between Amman and Tel Aviv recognized Jordan's special supervisory role over holy sites in the city.

Al-Quds was captured by Israel during the 1967 Middle East war. In 1980, the self-proclaimed Jewish state annexed the city in a move never recognized by the international community.

Palestinians want Al-Quds–home to theAl-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest shrine– for the capital of their future state.

Palestinian Legislative Council hails Jordan move to expel Israel envoy

Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Deputy Speaker Ahmed Bahr has hailed a vote by the Jordanian parliament to expel the Israeli ambassadorto Amman.

In a Wednesday statement, Bahr called on Arab parliaments to halt "repeated Israeli violations against theAl-Aqsa Mosque and Islamic and Christian holy sites."

"We will withdraw confidence from the government if it fails to enforce the move," lawmaker Khalil Attia told Anadolu Agency.

He went on to say that Jordanian lawmakers would address all Islamic and international parliamentary bodies with the aim of "exposing Israeli violations in holy sites in Al-Quds."

Arab League warns Israel

The Arab League on Wednesday warned against the dangers posed by increasingly frequent Israeli violations against residents and holy sites in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Describing Israeli violations as "brutal," the league said they had reached a dangerous stage that threatens the peace process and portends widespread violence in the Middle East.

Arab League representatives held an emergency meeting at the organization's Cairo headquarters on Wednesday to discuss Israeli violations in the old city and Israeli proposals to impose Israeli oversight of the city's sacred sites.

At the meeting, the Arab League council introduced a report about Israeli violations.

"Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Quds jeopardize international peace and security," the council wrote in its report.

It called on the UN Security Council and the United States, the latter of which sponsors Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, to take firm action against the Israeli government and what it described as "hardline" Israeli politicians and religious leaders.

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