Israel-UAE deal: Will Jordan's custodianship of the Al-Aqsa Mosque be affected?

Uturn9319

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"An ambiguously phrased statement has left Jordan guessing whether its custody of Jerusalem's Muslim and Christian religious sites is under threat."

"The statement says that "all Muslims who come in peace may visit and pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Jerusalem's other holy sites should remain open for peaceful worshippers of all faiths".

The status of Christian and Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem has long been a sensitive topic - with none the focus of more tension than the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, also known as Haram al-Sharif.
The ambiguous framing of the statement directly affects Hashemite custodianship, but Jordanian authorities have been cautious about jumping into the fray.

"This is a very sensitive topic," a senior Jordanian official responsible for Jerusalem affairs, who asked not to be identified, told Middle East Eye, adding that the country had to take into account the "thousands of Jordanians working in the Emirates" who might be affected should Amman come out strongly against any changes to the status quo."

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-uae-deal-jordan-jerusalem-al-aqsa-mosque-custodianship

Looks like the status quo might be changing... this would be huge as it would be step 1 towards rebuilding the Third Temple.
 

DanLMP

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Jordan's control of the Temple Mount is their last claim to relevancy. Without it they are just a third world back water that needs the help of many others to survive.

A shift in Jordan's role in the Middle East may result in a change of Jordanian leadership?

Maybe the "Palestinians" take over Jordan and it becomes the Palestinian State it was supposed to be.
 

Uturn9319

Well-Known Member
Jordan's control of the Temple Mount is their last claim to relevancy. Without it they are just a third world back water that needs the help of many others to survive.

A shift in Jordan's role in the Middle East may result in a change of Jordanian leadership?

Maybe the "Palestinians" take over Jordan and it becomes the Palestinian State it was supposed to be.
The Waqf just may fade into obscurity and kind of die down. They are increasingly concerned with the Turkish threat in East Jerusalem.
 

Uturn9319

Well-Known Member
When Saudi Arabia comes to the table, I think as part of their deal, they will want control of Temple Mount, so I've heard
From what I've followed since around September 2019, the Saudis, USA, and Israel have been in negotiations for temple mount control.
There was an update in Dec 2019 and then another in March 2020.
The problem is Turkey got Palestinian clerics to sit on the Waqf counsel. Jordan is concerned with their presence. They want to put Saudis on the counsel to balance out the Turkey issue in East Jerusalem. Jordan is going to be taking a back seat soon.
 

mattfivefour

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I have some issues with Middle East Eye. My concerns are similar to what is posted on Wikipedia:

"Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official now working for the think tank American Enterprise Institute, believed that MEE and its chief editor David Hearst had exclusive access to Hamas news content in their articles. According to Rubin, The Middle East Eye website was registered by a former employee of Interpal, which is a United Kingdom-based charity designated by the US Treasury Department as a financial supporter of Hamas. He further claimed that Hearst had penned editorials praising and defending the Muslim Brotherhood.​

"According to Samuel Tadros of the conservative American think tank, the Hudson Institute, MEE and Middle East Monitor were launched by Muslim Brotherhood affiliates as an alternative to the Qatari-based Al Jazeera to provide western readers with the Muslim Brotherhood point of view.​

"The Emirati newspaper The National, claimed Middle East Eye coverage to have an anti-Emirati bias and noted several members employed by MEE to be originally part of Al Jazeera. The National also accused MEE of being associated with multiple members of the Muslim Brotherhood."​
Please do not put much reliance on the angle of stories from Middle East Eye without corroboration from reliable sources.
 

SafReb

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While Jordan had strongly objected to any change in the makeup of the Waqf, in recent months their stance changed after Turkey became involved in east Jerusalem and the Temple Mount

Back in June, Israel Hayom, reported that
Saudi Arabia and Israel are conducting negotiations to allow Saudi representatives to join the Jerusalem Waqf Islamic religious trust that controls the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa, according to a report Monday by .

"These are sensitive and secret discussions conducted with ambiguity and low intensity with a small team of diplomats and senior security officials from Israel, the US and Saudi Arabia as park of negotiations to progress the Deal of the Century," said senior Saudi diplomats to Israel Hayom.

https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/conciliation-of-the-century/
 
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