Jordan’s King Abdullah II has lashed out at Israel for pursuing “unilateral policies” in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), vowing to strongly stand up to any Israeli move to change the status of holy Muslim or Christian sites.
“Jordan will continue to confront through all available means, Israeli unilateral policies and measures in Jerusalem and preserve its Muslim and Christian holy sites, until peace is restored to the land of peace,” King Abdullah said in an address to the parliament on Sunday.
He added that al-Quds has been “watered by the blood and sacrifices of our martyrs.”
Amman signed a peace treaty with Tel Aviv in 1994.
Israel closed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday to Muslim worshippers after Israeli forces killed a 32-year-old Palestinian, Moataz Hejazi, on October 29 for an alleged assassination attempt on Yehuda Glick, an American-born Israeli settler who was an advocate of destroying the al-Aqsa Mosque.
The al-Aqsa compound, located in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint holy Islamic site. The location of the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. The mosque is Islam’s third holiest site after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.