A Palestinian man walks next to the Dome of the Rock on the compound during Friday prayers in Jerusalem's Old City November 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
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Jordan's tough stance toward Israel over occupied Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque reflects a determination to preserve its custodianship of the flashpoint site as well as its own stability, analysts say.In parallel, Jordan's King Abdullah II hosted a diplomatic push which brought together U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks in Amman Thursday.Jordan, which has a 1994 peace treaty with Israel, is home to more than 2 million Palestinian refugees, as well as large numbers of Jordanians of Palestinian origin.Israel captured Jerusalem's mostly Arab eastern sector from Jordan in the 1967 war and later occupied it in a move considered illegal by the international community.In March 2013, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed a deal with King Abdullah, entrusting him with the defense of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.Abu Rumman said failure by Jordan to react to "violations" at Al-Aqsa would have fanned popular discontent and raised questions over its inaction.
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