Jordan’s King Abdullah II highlighted this importance of Respect the status quo in the Holy Mosque of Mecca in East Jerusalem in surprise encounter with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the royal court.
King Abdullah II had urged Israel at a meeting on Tuesday to “stop its actions of Violence “that undermines hopes for A final peace settlement of the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jordan government He said, emphasizing him support for The two-state solution.
Netanyahu office He said he discussed “regional issues” and security and economic cooperation with Jordan, A.; key regional ally. Jordan Treaty 1994 normalization of relations with Israel produced a state of coldbest peace between former enemies.
jordanian government she has already Summoned the Israeli ambassador in Amman twice in the last a month ago israel new government took office – Both times After an incident in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex. Netanyahu has made repeated assurances that there will be no change in The current situation on the site.
Netanyahu who Previously served as prime minister From 2009 to 2021, he returned to power last month in head of a coalition Includes far-right parties and ultra-Orthodox Jews.
On January 3, Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir visited the sensitive Jerusalem site run by Jordan, sparking a wave of of international condemnation.
Netanyahu office He said the Israeli leader discussed “regional issues” and bilateral relations with King of Jordan.
The two leaders last met in Jordan in 2018.
Tuesday’s visit to Amman was Netanyahu’s visit first official Trip abroad since taking it office.
the prime minister I was joined By Secretary of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer and Ronen Barr head of The Shin Bet, the internal security service, as well national Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi and Netanyahu military secretary Avi Gil, Israeli official He said.
Jordan in 1994 became second Arab country to recognize and sign Peace Treaty with Neighboring Israel, after Egypt.
King Abdullah described the relations repeatedly with Israel as a “cold peace” and in He said in late 2019 that Israeli-Jordanian relations were at an “ever low.”
Israel former defense minister Benny Jantz met Abdallah in Amman in January 2022, less than a month after his visit former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Try to repair the relationship.
According to the palace statement, the king confirmed in meeting him with Netanyahu need To keep calm and stop all work of Henf, in in order to boot the way for political horizon for The peace process “.
He called for “put an end to any measures that undermine the prospects for peace” and “emphasize Jordan’s firm position.” in support of The two-state solution” to the Israeli conflict with Philistines added.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amman summoned the Israeli ambassador twice This month, once to protest hard-right minister Bin Juffair’s visit to Al-Aqsa campus, and prof second After the Israeli police prevented the Jordanian ambassador from entering the site.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest place in Islam and the holiest places for the Jews, who Refer to the complex as the Temple Mount.