Deputies vote in favour of expelling Israeli ambassador

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By Jihad Al Mansi

AMMAN - The majority of the Jordanian Lower House on Wednesday voted in favour of expelling the Israeli ambassador in Amman and recalling Jordan's ambassador to Israel after the Kensset started a debate to impose Israel's soverneighty over Al Aqsa Mosque compound, in violation of the 1994 peace treaty.

Under the peace treaty, Jordan is the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.

Arab League representatives are scheduled to meet on Wednesday to discuss recent Israeli violations against the Palestinian people and Al Aqsa Mosque, Mohamed Sobeih, League's assistant secretary-general for Palestine affairs, told a press conference at the League's Cairo headquarters on Tuesday.

"The permanent representatives will meet at the request of Palestine and with Egypt's support."

The Knesset held the first part of a debate called by right-wingers demanding  that Israel end its practice of forbidding Jewish prayer at the compound, after Israeli police stormed the compound to disperse Palestinian protesters, with an Israeli police spokesman speaking of “high tension”, AFP reported.

Forty seven out of 150 members of the Lower House signed a motion late on Tuesday to annull the peace treaty with Israel over its actions, with MPs saying the motion came "iresponse to Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and to the Knesset debate of a law that seeks to impose Israel’s sovereignty over Al Aqsa".

“Israel’s actions clearly violate the peace treaty... it is aggression against Jordanian custodianship,” the motion said.