The seemingly innocent visit of the Jordanian Crown Prince, scheduled to take place on the Temple Mount on the 11th of March, was not planned by chance. Behind the first such planned visit in decades was Jordanian King Abdullah’s plan to turn his son and heir, Crown Prince Hussein, into a heroic figure. This was meant to prepare the way for his eventual succession and to strengthen Prince Hussein’s image in the Hashemite Kingdom.
It was also meant to strengthen the prince’s image in the broader Arab world and to arouse sympathy for the royal family.
The visit to the Temple Mount was carefully planned on one of the holy days of Islam, when according to tradition the nighttime journey of the Prophet Mohammed from Mecca to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem took place. The Jordanian heir is a member of the Hashemite dynasty, who consider themselves descendants of the Prophet Mohammed.
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