Jordan's guardianship over Al-Quds holy sites a 'red line'

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said "No Knesset member can replace the Hashemite guardianship of the holy sites in Al-Quds."

Jordan's guardianship over Al-Quds holy sites a 'red line'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh downplayed an Israeli bill to impose Israeli oversight of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).

"No Knesset member can replace the Hashemite guardianship of the holy sites in Al-Quds," Judeh told the Jordanian parliament on Tuesday.

The Knesset was due to hold a special session on Tuesday to discuss a proposal by Knesset member Moshe Feiglin to impose Israeli oversight of Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest shrine,

However, the session was cancelled over the dissatisfaction of the Jordanian government and international bodies with the move.

"We gave a clear signal that Jordan's guardianship over Al-Quds' holy sites is a red line and no one could dare harm it," Judeh said.

Since the 1950s, Jordan has administered and overseen all Muslim and Christian religious sites in Jerusalem's Old City.

A 1994 peace treaty between Jordan and Israel recognizes Jordan's special supervisory role over holy sites in the historical city.

Angered Jordanian lawmakers on Sunday asked their government to expel the Israeli ambassador and revoke the 1994 peace agreement in protest.

Al-Quds was captured by Israel during the 1967 Middle East war. In 1980, Tel Aviv annexed the city in a move that was never recognized by the international community.

Jews refer to the Al-Aqsa mosque complex as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.

The proposal came amid rising attempts by Jewish settlers to storm into the mosque compound under the protection of Israeli forces.

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