Peres to Jordan: We'll honor holy sites agreements

President calls for calm after Jordanian MPs call to expel envoy, says worshipers from all religions can pray at holy sites.

May 8, 2013 19:14
President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon at Jerusalem Day ceremony, May 8, 2013.

Peres and Ya'alon Jerusalem Day ceremony 370. (photo credit: Ariel Hermony/President's Residence)

President Shimon Peres sent a calming message to Jordan on Wednesday, after the Jordanian parliament voted in favor of expelling the Israeli ambassador from Amman and recalling the Jordanian ambassador from Israel.

Jordanian MPs decried Israel's decision to limit the entrance of Muslim worshippers to the Temple Mount on Tuesday and to allow Jews to visit the compound on the occasion of Jerusalem Day, which continued into Wednesday.

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"Jerusalem is dear to us, the peace with Jordan is dear to us," the president said at a ceremony commemorating Jerusalem Day at Ammunition Hill.

Peres assured Jordan that Israel will honor its agreements with Jordan, and will ensure all worshipers from all religions could pray in their respective holy sites.

"I want to say this loud and clear - we will respect all religions' holy places and will do everything to maintain [worshipers'] security," he said.

The president emphasized the importance of peace between nations, states and religions. "Our ears are listening out for the voices of peace. Even if the sound of peace comes from afar, it is preferable to cries of war," he said.

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