Sunday, September 20, 2015
Jordan’s King tells visiting Arab MKs: 'al-Aksa Mosque is a place for Muslim prayer with no division nor partnership'.
Jordan’s King tells visiting Joint List Arab MKs: 'al-Aksa Mosque is a place for Muslim prayer with no division nor partnership'. (JPost).
A delegation of five Joint List MKs headed to Jordan on Sunday morning and met with Jordan King Abdullah regarding tensions over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and planned to travel on to Turkey to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday.
According to the visiting MKs, the Jordan king bluntly told them: al-Aksa Mosque is a place for Muslim prayer with no division nor partnership.
Abdullah wondered what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could possibly want by actions that could cause an explosion. The king added that he is following events on the Temple Mount closely and that this issue will be an important subject in meetings with world leaders at the UN next week.
The king also expressed appreciation for the actions of the Arab MKs on this issue.
Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman called the Arab MKs' travels another example of incitement, and accused the Joint List of "being busy with anti-Israel activity day and night and doing all they can to provoke and undermine the regional situation and harm the State of Israel while sitting in its parliament."
"I suggest that they add another station to their planned visit. They should go to Syria and stay there," Liberman added.
Knesset Law, Justice and Constitution Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) suggested that the Joint List MKs "continue their meetings abroad and meet with the leaders of the Islamic State, as well, and learn from them how to run a civilized state that protects freedom of worship and archaeological findings in the Middle East."
The Joint List MKs are also planning meetings with EU leaders in order to protest what they say is a new policy regarding visits by Jews during the Jewish holidays on the Temple Mount, where the al-Aksa Mosque is located.
Tibi warned that the situation could spark a fire if the Israeli government does not retract the adoptions of new measures in recent weeks.
The MKs' trip to Turkey was funded by the Turkish government, and it was approved by the Knesset Ethics Committee which must pre-authorize any externally funded travel. They drove in their own cars to Jordan. Hmmmm........All this after Hamas leader Mishaal visited Obama's BFF Erdogan in Turkey last week. Read more here in the live blog at JPost.