VP Harris, Jordan’s King Discuss Har Habayis Tensions at White House Meeting

(Reuters/Hamodia) – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, in a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah on Thursday, expressed concern about recent violence and tensions in Yerushalayim and Yehuda and Shomron, and underscored the importance of upholding the status quo in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the White House said in a statement.

Harris “underscored the importance of upholding the status quo at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount, recognizing Jordan’s crucial role as the custodian of Muslim holy places in Jerusalem and as a force for stability,” the White House said, using the Muslim name for the site.

Israel was accused of violating the status quo by allowing a visit there by National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir. However, Israel rejected the charge, saying that the minister had complied with the current rules, which allow for Jews to go there as long as they do not pray.

Rabbinical authorities have long warned that the Jewish law forbids any Jew from entering the area.

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