Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced, on Tuesday, that it had summoned the Israeli ambassador in Amman to the ministry’s headquarters, after an Israeli police officer “intercepted” the Jordanian ambassador to Israel as he entered the Temple Mount, according to the report. Statement of the Jordanian Foreign Ministry.
The Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ambassador Sinan Majali, said in the statement, “The Israeli ambassador was informed of a strongly worded message of protest to be conveyed immediately to his government. The Department of Endowments of Jerusalem and the Affairs of the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque affiliated to the Jordanian Ministry of Endowments, Islamic Affairs and Holy Sites is the legal authority with exclusive jurisdiction to manage all the affairs of the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque / Al-Haram Al-Sharif and regulate access to it.
Majali added: “It was also emphasized that Israel, as the occupying power, must comply with its obligations in accordance with international law, especially international humanitarian law, regarding the occupied city of Jerusalem and its sanctities, especially the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque / Al-Qudsi Al-Sharif, and refrain from any actions that would prejudice the sanctity of Holy places and put an end to attempts to change the historical and legal status existing therein, or to prejudice the powers of the Jerusalem Endowment and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs Department of the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf, Islamic Affairs and Holy Sites.
On the other hand, a spokesman for the Israel Police told Arab media, in a statement, that “the director of the Jordanian Waqf arrived with the Jordanian ambassador to Israel to the Temple Mount without any prior coordination with the police. The policeman who noticed their presence and did not know the identity of the ambassador or know about the expected visit, informed the officer official, and waited for instructions, and for this purpose their entry into the Temple Mount area was delayed for a very short period.”
He added: “Contrary to what was stated in the false and misleading publications, the ambassador was not denied entry to the Temple Mount, but he was the one who decided at a certain stage to leave the place on his own initiative, while the policeman worked to receive the appropriate instructions from his officer. If he had waited a few more seconds, he would have been has entered the Temple Mount area.”