Tensions ramp up on Temple Mount ahead of Trump’s peace plan

Israel is convinced that the Palestinians’ seizure of the Gate of Merci at this point in time had been planned well in advance by the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf (custodian of Muslim holy sites) with Jordanian knowledge. At the order of Jordan’s King Abdullah, the Waqf was recently expanded from 11 to 18 representatives, with the seven new members representing the PA. The change in the group’s composition was unusual, and can be taken as evidence of a change in Jordan’s policy. Ever since control of Al-Aqsa Mosque was transferred to the kingdom after the 1967 Six-Day War, Jordan has been an ardent protector of its rights and responsibilities over the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. So far, the kingdom has allowed no one much room to maneuver there so as not to risk its control of the compound.