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The Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa mosque compound, also known as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sept. 9, 2013 (AP photo by Sebastian Scheiner).

Jerusalem Unrest Tests Israel-Jordan Ties, Unlikely to Threaten Gas Deal

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Last month, with tensions flaring in Jerusalem over access to the Temple Mount, or Haram al-Sharif, Jordan recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv—the first time it had done so since it signed a peace treaty with Israel 20 years ago. As part of that treaty, the Jordanian monarchy is the custodian of the holy site. The ambassador was withdrawn to protest what Jordan called Israeli “violations” there, including closing the sacred compound housing the al-Aqsa mosque for a day and raiding the mosque to quell protesters.

Continuing violence in Jerusalem, from hit-and-run attacks to stabbings and the killing of four Israelis at a synagogue on Nov. 18, has tested Israel-Jordan ties. That could be costly, threatening a gas deal announced in September, in which Jordan would import $15 billion of natural gas from Israel over 15 years, making Israel Jordan’s largest gas supplier. ...

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