Netanyahu and king of Jordan meet to discuss US peace plan

Netanyahu sat down with King Abdullah II in Amman on Monday to address the US peace proposal ahead of the arrival of an American delegation to the region this week.

By: World Israel News Staff

Among the primary topics on the agenda during a meeting on Monday in Amman between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah II was the the US peace plan, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

The two leaders sat down in the run up to a visit to the Jewish state by a US delegation seeking to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

The American team, which includes President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner and his special envoy to the Middle East peace process Jason Greenblatt, will arrive in the region later this week for meetings with regional leaders and stakeholders.

In addition to the US peace plan, Netanyahu and the Jordanian king also addressed strengthening economic ties between Israel and Jordan.

Netanyahu also reaffirmed Israel’s commitment to preserving the “status quo” at Jerusalem holy sites, which is generally understood as a commitment on Israel’s part to permit Jordan to remain the custodian of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a structure built on top of the Jewish Temple Mount.

On Friday, the White House announced that Kushner and Greenblatt’s team would make stops in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in a visit that follows close on the heels of a brief visit to Israel last month for the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Palestinian leadership has maintained a boycott of the Trump administration after its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the US embassy’s subsequent move to that location.

According to statements by Palestinian officials, Abbas’ government is prepared to reject whatever peace plan Trump’s team proposes, regardless of is contents.