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According to a report in Haaretz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had promised Jordanians in November 2014 that he would stop Israeli politicians from visiting Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and limit visits by right-wing activists, according to a new report by International Crisis Group. The reports detailed an agreement in which Prime Minister Netnayahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah in 2014 reached a deal to curb violence on the Temple Mount.and the Palestinian Authority.
In November 2014 Netanyahu visited Amman for talks on ending violent clashes on the Temple Mount between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, set off by the gruesome murder of Mohammed Abu-Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, by Jewish extremists.
The two leaders agreed on four points, according to the report. Netanyahu pledged to keep Israeli lawmakers from visiting the Temple Mount and to limit, as much as possible, visits by Jewish extremists. He also stated that there would be no more age and gender restrictions on Muslim visitors to the site. In return, the king promised that the Waqf, the Muslim trust that oversees the site, would block young Palestinian men from spending the night at the compound in order to prepare for violent confrontations with the police, as had occurred on several occasions.
According to the article in Haaretz however, the new arrangments failed after then-Interior Minister Gilad Erdan ordered a group of Muslim women activists barred from the Temple Mount and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel visited it.
For Jordan this was a breach and confrontations resumed. Calm was retored after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Jordan in October 2015. This time the king refused to meet with Netanyahu. According to the new agreement, Netanyahu pledged that the status quo, by which “Muslims will pray on the Mount, non-Muslims will visit” would be preserved with a new agreement regarding the installation of security cameras - although not done, there have been talks regarding this issue.
According to Ir Arim, a non profit organisation that aims to make life equitable for Arabic and Jewish residents in Jerusalem, visitors to the Temple Mount by Jews fell, for the first time in five years. In 2015, a total of 11,001 Jews visited the site, compared to 11,754 in 2014.
Source: HaaretzLast Mod: 11 Nisan 2016, 09:53