Jordanian prince cancels Temple Mount visit following security mishap

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The Crown Prince of Jordan Hussein bin Abdullah was meant to visit Temple Mount on Wednesday. The visit never took place.

Jordanian Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017. (photo credit: EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS)

Jordanian Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017.

(photo credit: EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS)

Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah cancelled a pre-planned Wednesday visit to the Temple Mount after Jordan failed to uphold the agreed security arrangement with Israel, KAN 11 reported.

The Jordanians were limited to a set number of security guards but eventually decided to bring a larger number.

When Israel insisted they stick to the agreed upon number, the Jordanians decided to cancel the visit.

The security of diplomatic guests visiting a country is on the shoulders of the hosting nation, in this case, Israel.

The Hashemite Kingdom has a historic relationship with Jerusalem and its holy sites, including the Temple Mount, known as al-Haram al-Sharif. Jordan controlled east Jerusalem from 1948-1967, including the Old City. The Hashemite Kingdom has symbolically retained its custodianship of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

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The site was where the first king of Jordan, Abdullah I of Jordan, was assassinated in 1951 by a Palestinian.

Abdullah was the grandfather of King Hussein of Jordan, the grandfather of the crown prince.

Israeli-Jordanian ties have become strained during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure, but as of late, they have warmed slightly. Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi has met three times with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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