Jordanian king arrives for talks with Abbas on Jerusalem, peace efforts

Jordanian king arrives for talks with Abbas on Jerusalem, peace efforts

Jordanian king arrives for talks with Abbas on Jerusalem, peace efforts

Washington must establish a clear position regarding the establishment of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders, Palestinians said after President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II concluded a meeting as part of the Jordanian monarch's visit to Ramallah on Monday.

When Netanyahu warmly greeted the guard upon his return to Israel, Abdullah said there would be diplomatic consequences. Palestinians and the Jordanian government criticized the restrictive measures and protests continued until the regime in Tel Aviv removed the detectors and other barriers on July 27.

One of the two men attacked the Israeli with a screwdriver, while the other was apparently shot dead by accident, according to Israeli officials. Jordan is also a key player as it pays the salaries of the Waqf, the Muslim religious trust that was at the center of the recent violence in Jerusalem after Israel installed metal detectors at the entrance to the site. The step was seen by many in Israel as a capitulation and by Palestinians and the Arab world as a victory. A few hours later, the metal detectors were dismantled.

Abdullah's visit to Ramallah, the first since 2012, came after a spike in Jordanian-Israeli tensions over the Temple Mount, which is holy to both Jews and Muslims, and a deadly shooting incident involving an Israeli embassy guard in Amman.

The guard was released by Jordan the next day, after a phone call between the king and Netanyahu.

Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994 and has growing, if little discussed, economic ties with its neighbour, often plays a mediating role in the region.

"This visit sends a message from his majesty that he is willing to contribute to removing president Abbas's isolation following his decision to stop the security coordination with Israel", Samir Awad, politics professor at Birzeit University near Ramallah in the West Bank, told AFP.

The Palestinian General Delegation to the USA says the bill is "misinformed", and that the social programs in question are not meant to reward terror, but rather to provide bare minimum support for Palestinian families who lost their breadwinners to the occupation, noting that the vast majority of those in question were "unduly arrested or killed by Israel".

The Jordanian ruler seemed to echo those remarks, calling for intensive USA effort to help bridge the gap between the sides, according to Petra.

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