“The United States is deeply concerned by the increase in violence and escalating tensions surrounding the (al-)Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount,” US State Department spokesman John Kirby said Monday, referring to the contested holy site.
“We strongly condemn all acts of violence. It is absolutely critical that all sides exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric and preserve unchanged the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.”
“Any more provocation in Jerusalem will affect the relationship between Jordan and Israel,” Abdullah said. Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1994.
“Jordan will not have a choice but to take actions, unfortunately,” he said at a press conference in Amman with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday called to convene an emergency ministerial meeting after the end of the Rosh Hashana holiday on Tuesday evening in light of the violence in Jerusalem.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said the premier, “sees the severity of the throwing of rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli citizens, and plans to fight the phenomenon by all means, including making punishments more severe and enforcement.”
Two other people who were driving with the man in his car were injured when they were pelted with stones, causing the driver to lose control and hit an electricity pole, police said. The incident took place near Asher Weiner Street in the capital’s Arnona neighborhood.
Police were also checking the possibility that the fatal accident was caused by the driver’s medical condition.
Reuters contributed to this story.
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