The Cancelation of the Summit following Israel’s Airstrike on Gaza Hospital
Palestinian President Abbas Cancels Meeting with Biden
The summit between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Egypt’s President Abdel Fettah el-Sissi and U.S. President Joe Biden was canceled after Israel’s inhumane airstrike on a hospital in Gaza, where over 500 people were killed late Tuesday.
Jordan Cancels Summit with U.S. President Biden
Jordan has canceled the summit it was to host in Amman on Wednesday with U.S. President Biden and the Egyptian and Palestinian leaders to discuss the situation in Gaza, the country’s foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, said.
International Condemnation and Meeting Changes
Palestinian President Abbas quickly canceled a meeting with Biden after the strike, and international leaders condemned the bombing.
Biden’s Plans Altered
Biden was expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, then fly to Amman, to meet Jordan’s king, the Egyptian president and Abbas.
Potential Consequences for Biden’s Objectives
Failure to meet with Abbas or any Palestinian official, while meeting Israelis on their soil, may undermine Biden’s other goals of calming tensions in the region and shoring up humanitarian efforts for Gaza.