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Mahmoud Abbas (L) greeting King Abdullah II

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has refused to speak with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu due to tensions over Arab violence at the Temple Mount, according to a report published Thursday in London by Al-Rai al-Youm.

The move coincides with a visit to Jordan by five Israeli Arab Knesset members, and a meeting with the Hashemite monarch on Sunday, followed by their visit to Ankara to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a strong supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Israel’s Channel 2 also reported Thursday, citing Jordanian and Arab media, that relations between Israel and Jordan are so tense the kind refuses to communicate directly with Netanyahu.

The king is reportedly furious over recent Israeli statements accusing Jordan of turning a blind eye to Palestinian Authority provocations on the Temple Mount, and destabilizing the area.

In fact, the king is allegedly not even accepting back-channel messages from the prime minister’s office, and is “considering” a recall of Amman’s ambassador to Tel Aviv.

In addition, Jordan has reportedly halted agricultural imports from Israel as well, effective the beginning of this week.

According to a Jordanian official quoted by the Al-Arabi Al-Jadid newspaper, Jordanian authorities blamed the action on “defective crops.”

The Temple Mount is the holiest site on earth in Judaism, and the third most sacred site in Islam.

Both religions observed holy days on Tuesday. For the Jews, the most solemn day on the Hebrew calendar, Yom Kippur, began Tuesday night. For Muslims, the three-day festival of Eid al-Adha began Tuesday as well.

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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.

62 COMMENTS

  1. Just who is provoking whom, Your Majesty?
    Perhaps a serious discussion between you and Abu Mazen and the Hamas gang is in order. Their provocation is the root – ROOT – cause of the violence on the Temple Mount.
    If it’s so holy, why do people stockpile weapons inside the mosque and barricade themselves there?
    If it’s so holy, why do people use the site to do harm to others?
    If it’s so holy to you, why don’t you clean the place up a bit? It’s strewn with trash and garbage.
    Maybe I’m wrong, but last time I checked, this is not how most of the rest of the world treats its holy places, much less its 3rd holiest places. C’mon, Your Majesty – you’ve been a stand-up guy throughout your reign and as much of a “friend” to Israel as your political scenarios and personal safety would allow. Why ruin it all now with empty honor-shame rhetoric and political posturing? Get real or get out –

  2. Abdullah was once considered the voice of reason in the Middle East. What happened? His actions in this matter are completely off base and will certainly instill a lack of respect for him in the Western World. My heart goes out to Israel, it seems they will never win the war against the rest of the world. Even the U.S. seems to have abandoned them.

  3. The King is being pressured by the Palestinians majority in his country. If he does not show support for them against Israel, he could be overthrown. It is the continuing lying by the Arab masses that keep continually causing the problems in the Middle East.

  4. Jerusalem is third holy? Are you kidding me, or yourself?

    But it looks like Abdullah was "worked over" a little bit by the American president.
    Too bad he can't realize, or doesn't care that soon he will have to flee. But where will he go just before Jordan becomes a Muslim terror-country?

  5. Alan Kardon No love i am talking about how these men in high places fight and carry on just like a spoilt babies? It's pathetic how it is all going at the moment with the end time closer than we think =)
    May the Lord God Bless and keep you all safe =)

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