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13 نيسان، 2005

Police Chief Karadi on 'secret' visit to Jordan Wednesday


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Last update - 11:24 13/04/2005

By Jonathan Lis, Haaretz CorrespondentIsrael Police Commissioner Moshe Karadi will visit Jordan Wednesday for a series of meetings with his counterparts in Amman. The meetings, arranged several days ago, have remained under wraps at the request of the hosts. Karadi and the Jordanian officers will discuss the cooperation between both countries' police forces.Senior police sources said Tuesday that Karadi is also expected to discuss the issue of security on the potential flash point area of the Temple Mount, in the run up to implementation of the disengagement.Jordan is considered by Israel to be a patron of all religious activity on the Mount, and the kingdom is frequently consulted on related matters.In recent weeks, the Israeli police has been trying to calm the tension that built up in the Arab world following an announcement by the extreme-right Revava movement that it intends to hold a mass rally on the Temple Mount.Security was tightened around the entire Old City of Jerusalem on the day that the protesters were due to hold their rally, primarily over fears that Muslim groups would try to hold counter-demonstrations as a show of strength. Police sources say the scenario is likely to repeat itself in the weeks leading up to the disengagement.Israeli and Jordanian police have been in constant contact in recent years over operations on the Temple Mount. The heads of the Jerusalem branch of the Israeli police, past and present, have coordinated the opening times of the mosque with their Jordanian counterparts, as well as the number of worshipers permitted to attend prayers.

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