The Esplanade of the Mosques on the menu of a meeting between Netanyahu and Abdallah of Jordan

The Esplanade of the Mosques on the menu of a meeting between Netanyahu and Abdallah of Jordan

The Esplanade of the Mosques on the menu of a meeting between Netanyahu and Abdallah of Jordan

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On his first trip abroad since returning to power in late December, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met King Abdullah II of Jordan on Tuesday. This meeting takes place when relations between Israel and Jordan are at their lowest point.

With our correspondent in Jerusalem, sami boukhelifa

In the heart of the Israeli-occupied and annexed Holy City, Islam’s third holiest site, the Mosque Square, is under Jordanian sovereignty. One status quo historical and legal, which dates back to 1967, the year of the conquest of East Jerusalem by the Jewish State.

Successive Israeli Prime Ministers have reiterated their commitment to this status quo, the reality on the ground raises fears of a change in the situation. The Esplanade of the Mosques, or the Muslim Noble Sanctuary, is also called the Temple Mount, the holiest place in Judaism.

For years, voices have been raised in Israel to Judaize the place. Between them, that of a far-right figure: Itamar Ben Gvir, recently promoted to Minister of National Security.

Reassure Amman?

Through his trip to Jordan, Benjamin Netanyahu Are you trying to appease and reassure Amman? His office does not specify. He issues a terse press release: During the meeting with the king, they discussed regional cooperation “.

It is finally the Jordanian royal palace that gives the most details. The two leaders discussed of the situation in the Esplanade of the Mosques “. The King also asked put an end to any measures that could jeopardize the chances of peace “.

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