Iran wants to see the Temple Mount with binoculars from Amman

Jordan and Iran start political talks on deepening relations. According to the peace agreement, Jordan is prohibited from "collaborating with parties or a coalition" against Israel

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On Friday, the Eid al-Fitr holiday, Hezbollah inconspicuously reported in Al Manar that "Jordanian and Iranian diplomats agreed to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries." According to Hezbollah, the source of the news is in Amman. This update on the source of the news probably increases the chance that it is reliable and does not express deceptive Lebanese wishful thinking. Since Jordan has a special status on the Temple Mount, both with the consent of the Israeli government after the 1967 war, and by virtue of the peace agreement that was signed with it, deepening its ties with Iran, could give the state of religious-military terrorism access to the strategic cultural heart of Israel, in Jerusalem. Last week, Iran and Hezbollah presented the front that will stand against Israel, in a religious war that is designed to destroy it. Hassan Nasrallah stated in the same news that the war against Israel has already begun, and named the organizations that are partners with it, including Hamas, Jihad, factions of Fatah, Hezbollah, and the Houthis in Yemen. At the same time, Iran is trying to add Arab countries to this front as well. This strategy led to Iran's agreement with Saudi Arabia sponsored by China, to Syria's attempted rapprochement with Egypt, to Iran's attempt to sign a new commercial agreement with the Emirates, and to the recent visit of the Saudi Foreign Minister to Syria, and to the meeting he had with Syrian President Assad. Unlike Saudi Arabia, which had no diplomatic relations with Iran, Jordan has an ambassador in Tehran, but relations between the two countries are cold. It is possible that the reduction of the US presence in the Middle East, and the assessments in the Middle East that Israel is weakening, is behind the Jordanian move, as it was behind the Saudi move in our estimation.

According to the peace agreement that Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed with King Hussein, the father of the current Jordanian King Abdullah, in October 1994, each of the countries was prohibited from "collaborating with parties or coalition against the other country". Therefore, signing agreements that have aspects that affect Israel in the security, political and even economic sense, and certainly religious in the context that Iran gives the Temple Mount as a military religious bridgehead against Israel, could be considered a violation of the peace agreement.

Sovereignty over the Temple Mount is in the hands of Israel, but in the peace agreement Israel recognized Jordan's special status on the Temple Mount. The violation of the peace agreement may affect this special status, on the background of how Iran sees the Temple Mount as a bridgehead in a religious war against Israel; In light of the fact that a broad front is now forming against Israel under this religious/military view, it may cause Israel to reconsider the status quo on the Temple Mount, in the military and security aspect of the political reality, and not in the religious aspect.