Jordan king in rare West Bank trip seen as message to Israel

Violet Powell
August 8, 2017

Amid an outbreak of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, relations between Jordan and Israel were also strained following a shooting incident at the Israeli embassy in Amman, sparking a tense standoff.

King Abdullah harshly criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for warmly welcoming the security guard back to Israel.

Israeli border police officers stand guard next to the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City Thursday, July 27, 2017.

Other sources added that Israel had received hints from Amman that King Abdullah was expecting a strong and meaningful action by Israel to correct the situation.

Mohammed Shtayyeh, a senior executive of Abbas's Fatah party, the Jordanian ruler and the PA president would discuss "efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, stalled since 2014".

He has said he would donate $1.4 million to the Muslim administration of the shrine.

The Palestinian General Delegation to the U.S. 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".

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According to King Abdullah, the future of the Palestinian issue is now at a crossroads and the possibility of reaching a peace agreement is becoming more hard.

They refused to enter the mosque and called on worshippers to do the same until the security measures were removed-a demand the Israeli government eventually conceded. "There will be no breakthrough in the peace process if there is no American commitment to support a solution to the Palestinian issue", he said.

Abbas reportedly praised Abdullah for his efforts to defuse the recent Temple Mount crisis.

One of the two men allegedly attacked the Israeli with a screwdriver, while the other was apparently shot dead by accident, according to Israeli officials.

King Abdullah arrived in the West Bank city of Ramallah for talks on regional developments and the recent crisis at Al-Aqsa mosque, where Palestinians successfully protested against Israeli security measures introduced after a deadly shootout in July, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Al-Sheikh Muhammad Saleem, who gave the Friday Khutba - an Islamic sermon - stressed the necessity of heading to Al-Aqsa in order to confirm its place for Muslims.

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