Jordan's Islamic Endowments Minister Abdul-Salam Abadi has accused Israel of planning to partition the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the country's Al-Ghad newspaper reported on Wednesday. The move, claimed Abadi, is in preparation for the building of the so-called "Third Temple" on the site of the mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
Abadi told a delegation of Australian Muslim clerics about Jordan's efforts to protect and preserve the real, Islamic identity of the Holy City. He said that he has received "clear instructions from the Hashemite leadership to safeguard the Islamic and Arabic identity of Jerusalem."
The minister stressed the importance of supporting Palestinians in Jerusalem in the face of repeated Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and Islamic holy sites in the occupied city.
Jordan administered the West Bank and Jerusalem from 1949 until the Israeli occupation in 1967. Since then, it has retained the responsibility for administering the utilities of Al-Aqsa Mosque, religious sites and over 40 schools in Jerusalem.