King underlines Aqsa Mosque status in meeting with Netanyahu


Published: 2023-01-24 16:33

Last Updated: 2023-11-17 00:17

King underlines Aqsa Mosque status in meeting with Netanyahu
King underlines Aqsa Mosque status in meeting with Netanyahu

His Majesty King Abdullah stressed the importance of respecting the historical and legal status quo in Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif on Tuesday during a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Amman, according to the Royal Hashemite Court (RHC).

This is Netanyahu's first official meeting with the King since mid 2018. It comes after the Israeli ambassador in Amman was summoned twice in two weeks for the first time since the two countries sealed a peace treaty in 1994.

During the meeting, His Majesty stressed the need to "maintain calm and cease all acts of violence, in order to pave the way for a political horizon for the peace process, calling for an end to any measures that could undermine peace prospects," RHC reported.

The King also "reaffirmed Jordan’s steadfast position in support of the two-state solution, which guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side with Israel in peace and security."

RHC added that discussions also covered the bilateral ties and the Palestinians' need to benefit from "economic and regional projects."

Those who attended the meeting were: "Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan, General Intelligence Department Director Maj. Gen. Ahmad Husni, and the accompanying Israeli delegation attended the meeting," RHC said.

- ‘Deteriorating’ relations between the two countries -

For his part, a political analyst stressed that Jordan must “clearly highlight its value and the importance of its role for any Israeli government” after the new right-wing government caused a deterioration in the bilateral relations.

The analyst, Amer Al Sabaileh, said that the rift in the relations between Jordan and Israel can be traced back to several indicators, one of which is the “lack of communication or agreement over strategic issues.”

Another one being “the recent incident where the Jordanian ambassador was prevented from entering the Al Aqsa Mosque” although the Israeli insisted it was a result of “a lack of pre-coordination.”

He also noted that the Israeli ambassador being summoned twice was something that has not happened since the peace treaty was signed.

Sabaileh said that it is possible that Israel values achieving a different model of peace based on “popular, economic and sophisticated security considerations” with other countries in the region.

He lastly noted that the latest revelations could lead to an escalation especially if the new right-wing government “pursues its declared plans for annexation of territories and change the situation in Jerusalem” as Jordan has taken a “progressive approach” with the previous government headed by Yair Lapid.