Jordan Blames Israel for Temple Mount Riots


JERUSALEM, Israel -- Jordan accused Israel of fostering recent violence on the Temple Mount, calling Israel's response to violence "an extreme insult to bilateral relations."

It's not the first time that has happened. 

Israel Police have donned riot gear several times in the past few weeks to disperse rock-throwing Arab mobs on the Temple Mount.

The Hashemite Kingdom's foreign ministry summoned Israeli Ambassador Daniel Nevo to its offices in Amman, saying Israel's response to the riots violated the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel and it "holds Israel responsible for the escalation in the security situation."

During the Jordanian occupation of Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967, Israeli Jews were not allowed to ascend the Temple Mount or pray at the Western Wall below, the last remaining vestige of the Jewish Temple built by King Herod.

When Jerusalem came back under Jewish sovereignty following the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel cleaned up the Western Wall Plaza. Hundreds of thousands of Jews who had been deprived of praying at Judaism's holiest site flocked there to pray.

Israel decided to allow the Wakf, Muslim religious authorities, to oversee the day-to-day activities there, while Israel retained responsibility for security. Some question the wisdom in that decision.

Today, only Muslims are allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, while Jews and Christians are forbidden even to pray silently there.

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