Is Jordan forgetting peace treaty obligations? - analysis


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Is Jordan forgetting peace treaty obligations? - analysis
In the 1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty, it was agreed in Article 9 to, “...provide freedom of access to places of religious and historical significance.”
Published: MAY 10, 2022

The Muslim Holy month of Ramadan witnessed a spate of public rioting and disturbances on the Temple Mount, specifically in the al-Aqsa mosque compound, orchestrated and organized following considerable incitement by the Hamas leadership in Gaza, as well as the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. This included acts of provocation and violence by Palestinian youths who entrenched themselves within the mosque and stockpiled boulders, metal bars and fireworks, all intended for use against Jews praying at the Western Wall and against Israeli police fulfilling the responsibility to ensure public order.

These disturbances have given rise to statements and actions by senior Jordanian personalities, expressing support and encouragement for the violence, as well as voicing threats against Israel and calls to change the present arrangements regarding the Temple Mount. The emotive nature and sensitivity of anything connected with the Temple Mount in general and the Al Aqsa compound in particular, and the potential for massive incitement by those intent on instigating violence, have been a familiar and regular phenomenon for tens, if not hundreds of years. Commonly voiced buzzwords and mantras have consistently included such accusations as “Al-Aqsa is in danger.”