Israeli Knesset's plans to end Jordanian guardianship over Jerusalem anger lawmakers

تم نشره في Mon 17 February / Feb 2014. 11:28 AM - آخر تعديل في Mon 17 February / Feb 2014. 11:28 AM

AMMAN -- A proposed plan by Israeli Knesset's to draft a law ending the Hashemite guardianship on Muslim and Christian holy places in Jerusalem sparked anger among lawmakers on Sunday, saying the move, if taken, is a breach of the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty.

The MPs called on the government to take quick and immediate action to respond to such move which they said it violates Jordanian national sovereignty and is tantamount to a breach of the peace treaty signed between Jordan and Israel.

The Lower House of Parliament's Palestine Committee said the Knesset's proposal aims at legitimizing recurring storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Muslim and Christian sanctities in Jerusalem and Palestine.

If Israel goes ahead with such plans, the committee said in a statement, the government is required to shut down the Israeli embassy in Amman, expel the ambassador and close the Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv.

In response to legislators' remarks, Prime Minister, Abdullah Ensour, said no decision has been taken by the Knesset but if there was a decision that violates the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty, the government will take a stance then. The prime minister told the lawmakers that peace treaty between Jordan and Israel is binding to Israel and all of its provisions with regard to Jerusalem and its holy places. (Petra)