Jordan says its ambassador will return to Israel after spat over holy Jerusalem hilltop site

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AMMAN, Jordan — A spokesman for Jordan's government says its ambassador will return to Israel after he was pulled over growing confrontations at a hilltop site in Jerusalem holy to both Jews and Muslims.

Mohammad al-Momani told journalists Monday that the ambassador would return to Tel Aviv.

The trapezoid-shaped compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, is at the heart of the territorial and religious conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Jordan recalled its ambassador in November to protest what it said were heavy-handed Israeli tactics at the Al-Aqsa Mosque there. Under an arrangement with Israel, Jordan has custodial rights over Muslim holy sites in the Old City, which includes the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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