During a debate with an Israeli guest on Sky News Arabia over Jordan’s Parliamentary decision to expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman on Wednesday, Jordanian Parliamentarian Yahya al-Saud went on a tirade against Jews.
According to various Arab media reports, al-Saud started chanting at the Israeli guest. “Oh Khaiber, Khaiber, oh you Jews, the army of Muhammad shall return.” evoking the story of the Jews of Khaibar, who were subjugated and slaughtered in Arabia 1400 years ago.
Al-Saud who heads the Palestine Committee in the Jordanian parliament, reportedly added, “Arab armies must be prepared to expel the Jews.”
Al-Saud also threatened to call for a vote to withdraw confidence from Jordanian government if it did not enforce the Parliament’s decision to expel the Israeli ambassador.
The Jordanian Parliament voted with great majority to expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman last week in response to what it claimed to be Israeli attempts to allow Jewish prayer on Temple Mount in holy places administered by Jordanians.
The status of the Temple Mount, a site with deep religious significance in Judaism and Islam, is a perennial source of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic conspiracies throughout the Arab and Muslim world. Tensions have been particularly heightened in recent days following the convening of a Knesset discussion on the issue by Member of Knesset, Moshe Feiglin.
Yahya al-Saud’s tirade is not in line with the positions and statements of the Jordanian Monarch, King Abdullah II, who remains a prominent voice for tolerance in the Arab and Muslim World. The King renewed his commitment to a peaceful and just solution to the conflict in the Middle East during a meeting between Parliament leaders on February 23.