Jordanian public security director visits Jerusalem (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy Published: 04.24.12, 11:00)
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Lt-Gen Hussein Hazza Majali visits Al-Aqsa mosque; diplomatic source
says visit may be prelude for one by top Jordanian official
Jordanian Public Security Director Lieutenant-General Hussein Hazza
Majali visited the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Monday, Ynet has
The visit was shrouded with secrecy, and it believed to be the
prelude for a visit by a top Jordanian official.
Majali toured the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and met with head of the
Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem Azzam Al-Khatib.
Jordan asked Israel to keep mum regarding Majali´s visit, and
Jerusalem sources refused to confirm the visit had taken place.
Diplomatic sources told Yedioth Ahronoth that the slew of recent
visits by Jordanian officials to Jerusalem came in response to the
recent dispute between Israel and Jordan over the renovations of the
The sources also hedged that the visits may be related to a recent
decree by popular Islamic preacher Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who
called for a ban on Arab officials´ visits to Jerusalem.
The statement prompted the Palestinian Authority to send envoys to
Jordan and Egypt and ask them to increase their visits to east
Top Jerusalem sources added that the visits may also be strategically
planned by Jordan´s King Abdullah, as a power play meant to
demonstrate his influence in east Jerusalem. Smadar Peri contributed
to this report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/24/12)
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