The Palestinians and the Jordanians have set up a joint council for the administration of the Temple Mount and holy sites in Jerusalem.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
February 18, 2019 17:57
The Palestinians and the Jordanians have set up a joint
council for the administration of the Temple Mount and other Muslim holy sites
in Jerusalem in an effort to preemptively torpedo the advancement of US
President Donald Trump’s regional peace plan.
Yoni Ben-Menachem, a veteran Arab affairs and diplomatic
commentator for Israel radio and television and a senior Middle East analyst
for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, revealed this information to Israel Hayom in an exclusive
Ben-Menachem told the Hebrew daily that the move constitutes
“a violation of the Oslo agreement and seriously harms Israeli sovereignty in
Senior Fatah officials confirmed that cooperation has been
accelerated ahead of the peace plan, which Trump said he will reveal shortly
after the April 9 elections in Israel.
A senior Palestinian source told Israel
Hayom that the establishment of the joint council is a practical
step derived from the understandings reached by Jordanian King Abdullah and
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in August 2017, following the
crisis of the electronic security monitors, which Israel erected on the Temple
Mount after two Israeli police officers were killed in a shooting attack.
The first steps were taken only days ago and comes,
according to the report. A senior Fatah official said the move was because the
Jordanians and the Palestinians fear that within the framework of the regional
peace plan, responsibility for the Temple Mount will be transferred to a joint Arab-Islamic
council, granting Saudi Arabia official status around the al-Aqsa mosque.
In contrast, a senior Arab diplomat told the Hebrew daily
that the move was made with the agreement of Jordan and Saudi Arabia and was
intended to soften Palestinian resistance to the peace plan.
At the end of the month, American advisers Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt are scheduled to arrive in the Middle East to advance the regional peace plan. Abbas has himself already taken some steps to torpedo the plan.