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

Aug 08, 2017, 00:25

King Abdullah II of Jordan (2nd L, front) is received by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (1st L, front) in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 7, 2017.

Both leaders will discuss the relations with Israel and other regional issues, including joint Palestinian-Jordanian coordination to address the political challenges facing the two countries. During the speech he adopted Israel's view that the Al Aqsa crisis stemmed from Palestinian incitement and mused that there may be no solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

During the recent escalation of tensions over al-Aqsa Mosque, an Israeli guard shot dead two Jordanians at the Israeli embassy compound in Amman after one of the men reportedly attacked the guard with a screwdriver.

King Abdullah appeared to take a softer approach to the USA on Monday.

The peace treaty of 1994 between Jordan and Israel recognizes Amman's status as the official custodian of the holy sites in Jerusalem al-Quds.

"Our success requires one stand with the Palestinian brothers, so that our cause wouldn't be weakened and our rights would be maintained", he said. The installation of the metal detectors sparked protests throughout the Muslim world from Khartoum to Kuala Lumpur.

The guard's release, though in line with diplomatic protocol, has inflamed Jordanian public opinion, especially after the shooter was given a hero's welcome by Netanyahu.

The king flew in by helicopter, with the visit coordinated with Israeli authorities which control all entrance and exit points to the West Bank, including its 150 km (93 mile) border with Jordan and the air space above.

However, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have continued to be barred from visiting the holy site if unable to obtain an Israeli regime permits to enter al-Aqsa.

In light of the tensions between Israel and Jordan, Abdullah will return to Amman after his meeting with Abbas comes to an end, not meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or any Israeli officials during this trip.

On Friday, Israel announced that it will carry out an investigation into the incident, to be conducted along with the Attorney General's office, led by Avichai Mandelblit, and in conjunction with the Jordanian authorities.

It is not clear to what extent such ties - mainly cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian forces against the Islamic militant Hamas - has resumed.