Jordan's King Abdullah due in Ramallah to bolster Palestinian leader Abbas
00:22, Aug 8, 2017
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During his two-hour meeting with Abbas, the Jordanian king highlighted "the commitment of Trump to work toward achieving peace between Palestinians and Israelis", according to a summary of the meeting in the Jordanian government's official news outlet Petra.
The rare visit is seen as a closing of ranks on a key issue - the fate of a contested Jerusalem shrine at the center of recent Israeli-Jordanian and Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
In the aftermath of the protests, Israeli forces have cracked down on any Palestinians believed to be involved in the protests, with almost 50 Palestinians in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) being detained this week due to their activities in the Al-Aqsa unrest.
After flying by military helicopter to Abbas's muqata presidential compound and being greeted by Abbas, the king reviewed an honor guard and the Jordanian and Palestinian national anthems were played before the two headed into talks.
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". He stressed that the future of the Palestinian cause is at stake, noting that applying solutions is becoming increasingly more hard. According to Petra, he "confirmed the importance of working with the USA administration to move the peace process and relaunch serious and efficient negotiations based on the two state solution". It comes amid tensions between Israel and Abbas over a Jerusalem holy site, and Israel and Jordan over an incident in which an Israeli security guard in Amman killed two Jordanians after one of them attacked him.
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.
Israeli authorities have since said they would investigate the embassy shootings, meeting a Jordanian demand.
When Netanyahu warmly greeted the guard upon his return to Israel, Abdullah said there would be diplomatic consequences.
A former Israeli ambassador to Jordan said that "Israel is now paying the price of the childish and provocative behavior that Netanyahu did when he received the security officer at the embassy with laughter and joke, even though he killed Jordanian citizens in cold blood".
The visit is reportedly expected to bolster Abbas' political position as he has recently severed political ties with Israel.
The two sides agreed to form a joint task force that would learn the lessons of the last crisis and prepare for possible conflict at the Temple Mount in the future.
Jordan intervened in July to help resolve a crisis over access to the ultra-sensitive Haram al-Sharif mosque compound known to Jews as Temple Mount.
Speaking after King Abdullah and Mr Abbas held one-on-one talks followed by another round of discussions with their respective foreign ministers and other top advisers, Mr Al Malki indicated that the Palestinian Authority and Jordan are bracing for more trouble with Israel in Jerusalem following last month's crisis over Al Aqsa mosque compound.
Jordan serves as the Muslim custodian of the site, home to the Al-Aqsa and Dome of the Rock mosques.
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