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Police block the way of Arabs trying to enter the Temple Mount during riots. (Archive: September 2015)

The U.S. and Jordan have both weighed in with opinions on the rise in Arab violence on the Temple Mount and elsewhere in Jerusalem, but neither told Arab leaders to end the violence.

In a telephone call Tuesday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden “thanked the King for his continued leadership in the region,” said a statement from the White House.

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“The Vice President and King Abdullah also expressed concern about recent violence and rising tensions regarding Jerusalem’s Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount,” the statement continued.

“The Vice President called on all parties to exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions, and to uphold the historic status quo at the holy site.”

The king warned, meanwhile, that any further police “provocation of Muslims in Jerusalem” would damage ties between Israel and Jordan.

“We have received reassurances from the Israeli government that this would not happen,” Abdullah said Tuesday in an English-language statement to journalists after talks in Jordan with UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

“Any more provocations in Jerusalem will affect the relationship between Jordan and Israel, and Jordan will have no choice but to take action, unfortunately.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu underlined at a meeting of the Security Cabinet Tuesday night that although Israel is committed to maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount, rioters would not be allowed to prevent Jews from visiting the Mount. The Prime Minister directed that a further discussion be held next week in order to advance the steps decided on during the evening.

Once again Israeli security personnel were forced to enter the Temple Mount compound on Tuesday morning to contend with Arabs who targeted Jewish visitors for the third day in a row.

The Arabs surrounded the visitors and were screaming “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great, the Islamic war cry) at the Jews who came on holiday pilgrimage to the Mount – the holiest site in Judaism – in an effort to discourage them from continuing into the area.

When police entered the compound to protect the visitors, Arabs hurled rocks and bottles at security forces, prompting police to respond with riot control measures. The police forced the rioters into the Al Aqsa mosque – where they had stored their “ammunition” and contained them there for the duration of the two-hour visiting hours so those who came to visit the Mount could do so undisturbed.

At least nine were arrested, media reported, and several rioters were injured although none were seriously hurt, according to a Palestinian Red Crescent official.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Cause and effect
    You don’t defend a mosque by making pipe bombs to hurt people
    They need to be micro chiped
    RFID=28
    No they don’t want peace…Islam means to submit

    It’s because Muslims hate Israel…Allah is judging each Muslim country one by one until they see the truth

    Sura 17:2
    Remember how the Unbelievers plotted against thee, to keep thee in bonds, or slay thee, or get thee out (of thy home). They plot and plan, and Allah too plans; but the best of planners is Allah.

    The holy land belongs to the Jews….Israel/Zion
    Yah=16/Allah=16

    Israel will be judge but it will win in the end
    Day afterward 5776 union=28
    YAHUAH=28 Israel=28 Zion=28 YHWH=28=HWHY watch me=28
    Set apart=28 oneness=28 chosen=28 branch=28 KADURI=28 witness=28 Egypt=28 Joseph=28 CAIRO=28 SHAHAR=28 Turkey=28 Saturday=28 his seats=28
    Shine=28 RFID=28 darkness=28
    Number=28 algebra=28 measure=28

  2. The Temple Mount is supposed to be a holy place not a site to stock pile weapons and hire thugs to attack jews who also find it holy.
    If the king was to show any leadership he would be tellling the Quaf that this Arab violence is not to be condoned.

  3. Isn't this the same Jordan which while illegally occupying the Old City for about twenty years (1948-1967) expelled the Jews from the city, desicrated Jewish cemetaries, destroyed synogogues and refused Jews access to the Western Wall? Jordan has no right to make demands and they should be grateful that Jews don't treat the Muslims the way the Jews were treated.

  4. Two points:
    1) "King" Abdullah, not exactly known to be all that bright, is bl..dy lucky that Israel has Jordan's back against ISIS, so he had better mind his P's and Q's and together with goodfellah Joe Byden stop blaming Israel for Arab rioting.
    2) If the presence of Jews praying or visiting the "Temple Mount" en masse is known to ignite the ire of idle Arab youths and professional female wailers then why provoke a hostile reaction in the first place. I am sure Hashem does not care for this nonsense nor does he require it. Our faith is a way of life, not death and destruction, and with Hashem in our hearts we don't need to pray to ancient stones which is quite simply idolatory.

  5. King Abdullah, HOW CAN YOU STAND BY AND ALLOW THE PALESTINIANS TO DESECRATE THE MOSQUE, THAT IS THE 3rd MOST RELIGIOUS SITE, LIKE THAT?

    You are an educated person unlike many of the PA and know that the Temple mount is just as, if not more sacred to the Jews and you say; Israel should restrain?

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