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Jordan: MPs Call For Expelling Israeli Ambassador Over Aqsa Aggressions

Jordan: MPs Call For Expelling Israeli Ambassador Over Aqsa Aggressions

Tuesday, 19 March, 2019 - 08:00
Jordan's King Abdullah speaks during the opening of the 17th Ordinary Session of Parliament in Amman November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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The Jordanian Parliament on Monday issued a recommendation to expel the Israeli ambassador from the country in response to “ongoing Israel aggression” at holy sites in Jerusalem.

“The parliament recommended the government to recall the Jordanian ambassador from Israel and expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman to confront the ongoing Israeli aggression at holy sites in occupied Jerusalem,” the official Petra news agency reported.

The deputies also urged the Jordanian government to address the UN Security Council about “stopping Israeli violations and protecting the Palestinian people.”

The session, chaired by Speaker Atef Tarawneh, and attended by Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz, witnessed verbal quarrels and disputes.

The lawmakers also asked the government to announce the details of the so-called “Deal of the Century” and the measures taken in this regard, referring to a peace plan promised by US President Donald Trump to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said that Jerusalem was “above sovereignty and above differences,” adding that undermining the city’s historical and legal status would never be tolerated.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is located in the Old City of East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in 1967 and which, like other West Bank cities, was under Jordanian sovereignty before its occupation. Israel acknowledges a peace treaty signed with Jordan in 1994, which put the Islamic sanctities in the city under the supervision of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

While Israel considers the entire city, including its eastern part, as its “united and eternal” capital, the Palestinians want to make East Jerusalem the capital of the state they aspire to establish.

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