Why Not Remind Jordan Its Treaty Obligations?

According to this report,

كشف وزير الأوقاف والشؤون والمقدسات الإسلامية الأردني، هايل داوود، عن توجه بلاده لتعزيز حراس المسجد الأقصى بـ 200 حارس إضافي، ينضمون إلى الـ 300 الحاليين، ليصبح العدد الإجمالي 500.

وجاءت تصريحات الوزير الأردني الخاصة لـ “الأناضول” تعقيباً على مذكرة برلمانية وقعها 52 عضواً في مجلس النواب الأردني موجهة للحكومة، وتطالب بإرسال جنود أردنييّن لحراسة المسجد الأقصى.

Jordan intends to dispatch more Waqf guards to the Temple Mount, what Muslims refer to as Al-Aqsa, or the Haram E-Sharif compound, where supposedly a man claiming to be conversant with God some 14 centuries ago visited and from where he arose to heaven.

Among the details in the report and others, we learn that Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and the holy sites of Jordan, Hayel Dawood (in red tie),

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will provide 200 additional guards who be joining the existing 300, bringing the total number to 500. This was a reaction to a parliamentary petition signed by 52 members in the House of Representatives demanding that soldiers be sent to guard the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Jordanian custodial administration at the site already numbrs over 850 employees, including the present 300 guards. Daud pointed out that the cost per guard per year is estimated at 12 thousand Jordanian dinars (about 15 thousand dollars).

On the other hand, Israel’s Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan is finally realizing that the possibility of the killing or injuring of Jews on the Temple Mount due to the activities of the Muslim men and women paid to block access, scream and throw items at Jews, as well as visiting US Congressmem, is increasing and is taking steps.

One of those steps, I suggest, is reminding Jordan of its treaty obligation, which is:



Each party will provide freedom of access to places of religious and historical significance.
In this regard, in accordance with the Washington Declaration, Israel respects the present special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Muslim Holy shrines in Jerusalem. When negotiations on the permanent status will take place, Israel will give high priority to the Jordanian historic role in these shrines.
The Parties will act together to promote interfaith relations among the three monotheistic religions, with the aim of working towards religious understanding, moral commitment, freedom of religious worship, and tolerance and peace.

That really isn’t too difficult a task.  Even Israel can improve its policies.

About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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