– Saudi FM, “It will be possible to renew negotiations despite the current crisis…”
– King Abdullah II of Jordan, “Renewing the negotiations is dependent on goodwill expressed by both parties.”
By GIDEON KOUTS / MAARIV
Arab leaders in Davos expressed optimism Wednesday about the possibility of renewing Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, despite controversy over the recent US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
King Abdullah II of Jordan – Photo: World Economic Forum/Wikimedia
King Abdullah II of Jordan told Maariv during the Davos conference that, following US President Donald Trump’s announcement and intention to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, he would rather see the glass half full and focus on relations with Israel and how these ties can promote peace. Continue Reading »
Jordan’s Abdullah II plans a rare visit to Ramallah on Monday in show of support for the Palestinian leader and the Palestinian people amid tension with Israel from the Temple Mount magnetometers stand-off and then the shooting that killed 2 at Israel’s Amman embassy.
By Elior Levy & Roi Kais
Jordan’s King Abdullah II is scheduled to visit the Palestinian Authority on Monday to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas.
Fatah leadership member Mohammad Shtayyeh said this was “a visit of solidarity and coordination, which proves the Palestinians and Jordanians speak with one voice.”
He was referring to the shared positions with regards to the Temple Mount as well as the American efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Continue Reading »
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman: “The foolish and irresponsible statements by the King of Jordan indicate ignorance and a superficial understanding of the developments taking place in the region.”
By YASSER OKBI/Maariv HaShuva
The Jordanian Foreign Ministry said it “strongly protests” Tehran’s remarks about the monarch, and reminded the Islamic Republic to respect the “good neighborly relations with Arab states.”
The Jordanian Foreign Ministry on Monday demanded that Iran’s ambassador to Amman explain comments attributed to the Islamic Republic’s Foreign Ministry after a spokesperson described a statement from King Abdullah II of Jordan as “foolish and irresponsible.”
King Abdullah II and Queen Rania during the World Economic Forum in Jordan, 20 May 2007 – Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ World Economic Forum
In an interview published by The Washington Post on April 6, Abdullah said that Iran has created “strategic problems” in the Middle East, while noting that Tehran is attempting to “forge a geographic link between…Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon.”
This spreading influence, Abduallah said, was bringing Israel and Arab states closer together who see Iran as a threat, creating a real “opportunity” for better relations between neighbors in the region. Continue Reading »
Sky News Arabic reported on Tuesday, that Morocco’s King Mohammed VI warned the U.S. that moving their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would have “grave repercussions on security & peace” in the region and “the entire world.”
Relocating the embassy “would undermine efforts for the just settlement of the Palestinian issue, as well as result in disastrous repercussions on security and peace in the Middle East region and the entire world,” the King’s message said, according to the report.
The King also wrote a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said Sky News, in which he vowed that Morocco holds a “deep belief in justice for the Palestinian cause and that what they have done to the city of Jerusalem is of utmost importance.”
Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel – Wikimedia Commons
“We reiterate to your Excellency that we will spare no effort in the defense of this holy city, and the support of her people and the maintenance of their legitimate rights, which are guaranteed to them under international law and resolutions of international legitimacy and the provisions of the fourth Geneva Convention,” he added. Continue Reading »
Israel’s channel 2 reported that Israel has sent messages to the Jordanian King that the Waqf was allowing armed rioters sleep in al-Aksa to continue the violence.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Following Jordanian King Abdullah II’s criticism of Israel over recent violence on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, Israel reportedly responded to the monarchy and indicated that Jordan itself was allowing the status quo at the site to be broken.
According to a Channel 2 report on Monday, Israel communicated to Jordan that it should not be shirking its own responsibility at the Temple Mount and that it was in fact the Jordanian Waqf that has allowed the rioters who were armed with stones to sleep in al-Aksa Mosque. Continue Reading »
Israel Police met with dozens of rioting Arabs as they secure Holy site for the Jewish Rosh Hashana.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Rioting broke out Tuesday for a third straight day at the Temple Mount as police came to secure the contested Jerusalem holy site for Jewish visitors on the second day of Rosh Hashana.
When Israeli security forces entered the plaza of the site dozens of masked Palestinian youth met them with a barrage of stones, blocks, and firecrackers, police said.
Clashes at Temple Mount – Photo: AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS
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The youth tried to block off the door to the al-Aksa Mosque but the security forces managed to push them inside the building, Israel Radio reported.
King Abdullah II told journalists that Jordan will be forced “to take actions” over Israel’s “provocation” on the Temple Mount should it continue.
Jordan’s king warned Israel on Monday that any further “provocation” in Jerusalem where Israeli police have clashed with Muslims at Al-Aqsa mosque would damage ties between the two countries.
“Any more provocation in Jerusalem will affect the relationship between Jordan and Israel” which have a 1994 peace accord but which has custodian rights over the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, said King Abdullah II following a second day of clashes at the flashpoint holy site in east Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Despite Israel’s PM Netanyahu’s reassurances to Abdullah, Jordan’s king instructs Kingdom officials not to attend the 20th anniversary ceremony for peace accords in Jordan Valley, citing Temple Mount tensions as reason.
By Cynthia Blank
Israel’s tension with Jordan continues – possibly leaving the peace agreement between the two countries in jeopardy.
Days after withdrawing its ambassador to Israel back to Jordan, citing clashes on the Temple Mount, King Abdullah II reportedly cancelled Jordanian participation in a ceremony scheduled to begin this week marking 20 years of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty.
Despite Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reassurances to Abdullah by telephone Thursday that he has no intention of changing the status quo on the Temple Mount, despite the demands of Jewish activists, the cancellation was still implemented. Continue Reading »
1200 Muslim Brotherhood supporters demonstrated in Jordan against Kerry’s peace initiative, burning Israeli flags.
By Elad Benari, Canada
Hundreds of Islamists rallied in Jordan on Friday against a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), The Associated Press (AP) reported.
Jordanians protests against Kerry’s framework – Photo: Reuters
The largest protest in months came hours before Jordan’s King Abdullah was scheduled to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in California.
The 1,200 protesters affiliated with Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood, who demonstrated against Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace framework, also burned the Israeli flag, reported AP.
The protesters also demanded that King Abdullah II “revoke the peace treaty with the Zionists,” the report said, referring to the 1994 peace treaty signed between the two countries. Continue Reading »
London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reports King Abdullah II warning of ‘new intifada or a new cycle of violence and counter violence’ if Palestinians feel prospects for a peaceful settlement of their conflict with Israel have reached a dead end.
Jordan‘s King Abdullah believes that Palestinians could launch an Arab Spring-style revolt if they felt prospects for a peaceful settlement of their conflict with Israel had reached a dead end, a pan-Arab newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II – Photo: Reuters
He welcomed efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, but warned of a narrowing window for peace due to Israeli settlement building, according to the report in the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper. Continue Reading »
In a White House meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Obama says ‘We cannot stand by and permit the systematic use of weapons like chemical weapons on civilian populations.’
U.S. President Barack Obama listens to Jordan’s King Abdullah II during their meeting – Photo: AP
“Horrific as it is when mortars are being fired on civilians and people are being indiscriminately killed, to use potential weapons of mass destruction on civilian populations crosses another line with respect to international norms and international law,” Obama told reporters at the White House. Continue Reading »
In an interview with King Abdullah II of Jordan, he says discussions with the Israeli PM ‘have really improved’ but says he fears it may be too late for a 2-state solution.
By Yitzhak Benhorin
WASHINGTON – Relations between Jordan’s King Abdullah and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have tightened and are “very strong,” the monarch said on Monday. In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, King Abdullah II said, “Our discussions have really improved.” According to reports, the two met late last month.
Netanyahu and King Abdullah – Photo: Moshe Milner, GPO
At around late December it was reported that Netanyahu had secretly traveled to Amman to discuss the Syrian civil war with the king. Continue Reading »
The Israel’s PM traveled last week to meet Jordan’s King Abdullah II, according to AFP, to discuss ways to advance peace with the Palestinians.
The PM’s office refused to confirm that meeting took place.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly visited Jordan last week and met with King Abdullah II to discuss ways to advance Middle East peace, AFP reported on Saturday.
Jordan’s King Abdulla II, right, meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Royal Palace at Port City of Aqaba, May 14, 2009. – Photo by Reuters
An unnamed diplomatic source told the French news agency that the two heads of state discussed ways to renew peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Continue Reading »
Hamas has denied a Saudi report where the terrorist organization has expressed support for a 2-state solution to end the Arab- Israeli conflict.
By Chana Ya’ar
Hamas has denied a Saudi media report the terrorist organization has expressed support for a two-state solution to end the Arab- Israeli conflict.
Jordan’s King Abdullah meets Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal at the Royal Palace in Amman – Reuters
Hamas political bureau chief, Khaled Mashaal, reportedly asked Jordan’s King Abdullah II to inform U.S. President Barack Obama at a meeting at the end of February that Hamas would support the plan, according to Jordanian officials quoted Wednesday by the Al-Sharq newspaper. Continue Reading »