Jordan scrambles to affirm its custodianship of al-Aqsa mosque

Jordan scrambles to affirm its custodianship of al-Aqsa mosqueNovember 26, 2020

Amman fears warming Israel-Saudi relations may threaten its hold on holy Islamic site

Jordan is scrambling to affirm its custodianship of the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem after a meeting between Israeli and Saudi leaders raised fears in Amman that the fate of one of Islam’s holiest sites could be up for grabs in a normalisation deal between the two countries.

Warming relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, capped by a weekend visit by Benjamin Netanyahu to the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, have alarmed Jordanian leaders already unnerved by Riyadh’s regional posturing. They fear al-Aqsa could be in play as the Trump administration tries to secure a regional legacy in its dying weeks.

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