Jordan Pushes for Full Control Over Jewish Temple Mount, Israel Rejects
Israel has rejected a Jordanian initiative to return full control of the Temple Mount to the Jordanian Waqf Muslim Authority, Walla! News reports Monday.
The Jordanian Waqf already rules the Temple Mount with an iron fist, banning Jewish prayer there – despite the Mount being Judaism’s holiest site.
However, the Jordanian palace recently made Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu an offer would have scaled Israeli control back even further – placing the Mount under full Jordanian control, until Ariel Sharon visited the site in 2000.
Until 2000, the Jordanian government – not Israel – decided who would visit the Temple Mount and when. Following the outbreak of the Second Intifada, rule over the Mount remained unclear from 2000-2003; from 2003, Israel was given partial control over non-Muslim visitors.
While Jewish visitors occasionally may ascend the Mount today, the decision to switch back to the pre-2000 practice
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