Israeli court closes holy site flashpoint, goads Jordan to respond

An Israeli court has temporarily closed an embattled Al-Aqsa site in an effort to relieve the simmering tension there and pressure Jordan into engaging with it.

A Palestinian Muslim walks toward the Golden Gate at Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, March 17, 2019.AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images

The Israeli courts have been brought into the ongoing pre-election tensions over access to a site within Al-Haram al-Sharif/Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Israeli prosecution has asked the courts to help resolve the conflict that has left the Old City of Jerusalem in constant tension ever since Muslim worshipers decided they are not obliged to accept the unilateral Israeli ban on using the site.

Since the newly appointed and expanded held prayers at  on Feb. 14, the issue of who has — has been a source of controversy.

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