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Jordan MPs vote to expel Israel ambassador over Aqsa debate
Published Wednesday 26/02/2014 (updated) 03/03/2014 09:41
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AMMAN (AFP) -- A majority of Jordanian MPs voted on Wednesday to seek the expulsion of Israel's ambassador to the kingdom after the Knesset debated Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Prominent lower house deputy Khalil Attieh told AFP that 86 out of 150 members of parliament voted to seek the expulsion of Israeli envoy Daniel Nevo.

The vote, which is not legally binding, came a day after 47 MPs, including Attieh, signed a motion demanding that a 1994 peace treaty with Israel be annulled.

"All deputies who attended a meeting today to discuss Israel's debate on sovereignty over Al-Aqsa voted to kick out the Israeli envoy and recall the Jordanian ambassador in Israel (Walid Obeidat)," Attieh said.

"This was in protest at the Knesset (Israeli parliament) debate. It is up to the government to act on the vote. If it does not, we will consider a no-confidence motion."

State-run Petra news agency said the MPs "demanded the government take immediate action to stop Israel's schemes."

Under the peace treaty, Jordan is the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.

"Israel's actions clearly violate the peace treaty... it is aggression against Jordanian custodianship," Tuesday's motion said.

The Knesset Tuesday evening began a debate called by right-wingers to demand that Israel end its practice of forbidding Jewish prayer at the Al-Aqsa compound.

In a motion which was not put to a vote, MP Moshe Feiglin, a hardline member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, said Israel's fear of igniting Muslim rage amounted to discrimination against Jews.

The Jordanian government has so far not commented.

But Jordan's opposition Islamic Action Front (IAF), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, urged the government on Tuesday to freeze the peace deal.

"The custodianship is a Jordanian national interest and a sacred religious duty," said the IAF, the main opposition party.

Israeli police on Tuesday clashed with stone-throwing Palestinian protesters at the compound ahead of the Knesset debate.

The Al-Aqsa compound, which lies in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem's Old City, is a flashpoint because of its significance to both Muslims and Jews.

Sitting above the Western Wall plaza, it houses the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosques and is Islam's third-holiest site.

It is also Judaism's holiest place, being the site of the first and second Jewish temples.
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1 ) JoeUSA / USA
26/02/2014 17:11
Jordan will be justified to break the "peace treaty" with Israel since Israel would be in breach of contract.....

2 ) mitch / usa
26/02/2014 19:07
Israel has sovereignty Jordan has custodianship.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/02/2014 19:52
If Jordan expels Israel's ambassador, media in the US will find it very hard to ignore this story -- which they are currently doing.

4 ) E / usa
26/02/2014 20:37
that will never happen. only jordan will be at lost and no one else. jordan needs israel's security and natural resources cooperation and usa will never allow jordan to break the peace treaty

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/02/2014 21:00
To mitch #2: 'Israel has sovereignty Jordan has custodianship.' Merely seizing something does not give you 'sovereignty.' If I steal your car, that doesn't make it mine.

6 ) Qasim / Egypt
26/02/2014 22:59
"...It is also Judaism's holiest place, being the site of the first and second Jewish temples..." - Allegedly & past tense, as there are no temples there now, just the mosque(s). Jordan should make its position known loudly & clearly, as should the Arab League. #2: Mitch - When someone invades your home, threatens your family and takes all that you hold dear, I hope you will still agree to call it 'sovereignty'.

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/02/2014 23:55
To E #4: 'israel's security and natural resources cooperation and usa will never allow jordan to break the peace treaty' Lol. Jordan has some of the largest uranium reserves in the world. Know why she still has to buy oil rather than develop nuclear power? Israel.

8 ) uncle sam / phil
27/02/2014 14:20
kudos to jordan in defying israel

9 ) Colin / Molin
27/02/2014 16:35
Colin - just go away, let other people to comment. Everybody is tired of hearing from you. Can you please limit yourself for one comment on every article? Please, I am begging you.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
27/02/2014 20:10
To Molin #9: 'Colin - just go away, let other people to comment. Everybody is tired of hearing from you. Can you please limit yourself for one comment on every article? Please, I am begging you.' Suck it up.

11 ) JoeUSA / USA
27/02/2014 20:45
Re#9 , Go to Oprah. or I should say Go to Jerusalem Post.

12 ) Ali A. Omar / Palestine
27/02/2014 22:42
Jerusalem is not the site of the alleged first and second Jewish temples. Even if Israel and Ma'an News claim that... !!

13 ) Chimo / USA
28/02/2014 20:33
All you have to do is to read the comments of # 10 and #6 to know that if you are Israeli, you never ever give back one inch of any land that you control to the PA or any other arab government. Since Muslims do not respect that Jerusalem is and always will be the holiest city for all Jews and that it is the site of the 1st and 2nd temples upon which those mosques were built on top of. Its an attempt to steal Jewish heritage, and claim the land as theirs and only theirs. That's y theres no peac

14 ) ian / australia
01/03/2014 01:18
#2 "Israel has sovereignty Jordan has custodianship." Not even close, mitch. There's a whole UNSC resolution (478) (unanimous) devoted to declaring the annexation of East Jerusalem illegal. "Null and void" is the expression used for the "Jerusalem Law" which "unified" the city in 1980. What Israel has is "control" over the Aqsa, not sovereignty, because everything beyond the Green Line is OCCUPIED territory and universally recognised as such. So Palestine, a UN recognised state, has sovereignty

15 ) ian / australia
01/03/2014 01:19
(contd.) while the Jordanian Waqf acts as administrator under an arrangement with the ILLEGAL military occupier. Anything else I can help you with?

16 ) ian / australia
01/03/2014 09:15
#13 "...if you are Israeli, you never ever give back one inch of any land that you control to the PA or any other arab government." Refreshingly honest, Chimo (unlike others who won't come out and say it) but Palestinians have rights in the land they have inhabited for centuries, and their holy places, there from the beginning (i.e. 1,400 years) are protected under law. The holiness of the Temple Mount to Jews doesn't negate the significance of Bayt al-Maqdis to Muslims. And vice versa. So the

17 ) ian / australia
01/03/2014 09:16
(contd.) shrines must be respected EVEN if the Temple once stood there. And politically, in the secular realm, it's part of sovereign Palestine. So, one option is to ask the present owners nicely for permission to visit and comply with their rules, and another is to strike a deal where you agree to share, respectfully and equitably (which I know doesn't come easy). YOUR option, "never ever give back one inch of land" is of course illegal (and immoral) and will end badly, one way or another.
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