26. Safeguard Jordan’s Special Status in Jerusalem

The Israel-Jordan peace treaty notes the “special role” and “historic role” of Jordan in holy places in Jerusalem. Jordan has played a moderating role in East Jerusalem and worked to keep tensions low at flashpoints such as the Temple Mount, in contrast to other outside actors—in particular Turkey—who consistently raise the temperature over Jerusalem issues. Jordan’s influence in East Jerusalem should be protected, and Israel and Jordan should also form a joint committee—possibly involving U.S. mediation—that will deal with future arrangements and conflict management on the Temple Mount, including coordination of non-Muslim access and behavior as well as security.