Israel will not change rules at Al-Aqsa, PM tells Jordan king

Israeli security forces stand guard near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock mosque in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam but also the most sacred place in Judaism on November 5, 2014Israel has no plans to change the status quo at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound by allowing Jewish prayer there, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jordan’s King Abdullah II Thursday. “Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s commitment to preserve the status quo on the Temple Mount as well as Jordan’s special status at the site,” a statement from the premier’s office said, using the Israeli name for the compound. Fears that Israel was poised to legislate changes to the status quo at the compound have stoked a wave of unrest, with young Palestinians hurling stones to prevent visits by extremist Jewish groups whose stated aim is to secure prayer rights at the site. Israel has repeatedly insisted it has no plans to change the current status quo at the plaza, with the premier seeking to distance himself from rightwing voices within his governing coalition expressing support for such a move.

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