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Monday, October 12, 2009

Jordan threatened to expel Israel's envoy

Jordan threatened to expel the Israeli ambassador in the event that police stormed the Temple Mount last week according to a report in the London-based pan-Arab paper Al-Quds al-Arabi.
According to the newspaper, tensions between the two neighbors flared as Jordan threatened to carry out the move, which the country said would be in response to Israel intervening in favor what it called Jewish extremists.

A senior Jordanian source told Haaretz last week that police must keep Jewish religious extremists away from the Temple Mount and keep the Old City's Mugrabi Gate closed. "That will calm the atmosphere while respecting the Jordanian role in Al-Aqsa Mosque," he said.
When Jordan was in charge of the Holy sites, only Muslims were allowed to enter. It was real peaceful then. Just ask Abdullah's grandfather, who was murdered on the Temple Mount in 1951.

Israel has attempted and continues to attempt to allow freedom of worship for all religions at the Holy sites. That includes the Temple Mount, which is also is holy to Jews. Although, as I have mentioned previously, I will not go there because my rabbi does not allow it until the Messiah comes, the notion that letting Jews go onto the Temple Mount (where they are forbidden from praying!) because it 'offends Muslim sensibilities' is simply unacceptable.

Besides, Jordan gave up all its claims to the Temple Mount and to Jerusalem when it gave up its claims to Judea and Samaria in 1988.


At 5:56 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I don't agree with Carl's rabbi and I don't think any Jew would be entering the Holy Sanctum by going up to the Temple Mount. I just don't think the halacha is relevant because I don't believe for a moment G-d would not hear the prayers of His people from there and in fact Orthodox Jews have a good idea of where the Holy of Holies is (and not deliberately enter where it is forbidden) and let's say Carl did pray on the Temple Mount. I don't think it would offend G-d. Ishmael is the only one offended at the notion Jews would simply pray there and its not like they would be desecrating G-d's Name even if the halachic ruling did not forbid it.

And nothing, halacha notwithstanding, gives Jordan the right to prevent Jews from showing their reverence for the site of the Temple.

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Mervyn Doobov said...

Actually, it was Abdullah's great-grandfather who was assassinated.


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