Some 30 right-wing activists broke into a closed military zone along the
Jordanian border and occupied an old building on the site in order to
establish a settlement outpost Monday night.
According to the IDF, the activists breached the fence near the area of Kasr al-Yehud, but did not cross the international border between the two countries. They were, however, threatening to do so according to Channel 2.
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The activists from
the "hilltop youth" occupied the site near
Jericho in protest of the Jordanian government's stance against the
closure of the Mugrabi Bridge
connecting the Western Wall to the Temple
site itself is in a closed military zone separating the West Bank
and the Jordanian border. Located near the banks of the Jordan River,
the it is revered by many Christians as the place where biblical Saint
John was baptized.
The activists were located approximately 200
meters from the border.
Large IDF and police forces had surrounded the area and were expected to clear the activists shortly.
MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) said that if Jordan intervenes in
Israel's internal affairs, it should not be surprised if Israelis do the
The issue of the Mugrabi bridge was reportedly raised late last month
during a meeting in Amman between President Shimon Peres and Jordan's
King Abdullah II.
Reuters contributed to this report.