Jordan Urges US on Two-State Solution

22 January, 2018, 01:41 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left shake hands with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Israel's parliament in Jerusalem Monday Jan. 22 2018

They accused the U.S. of siding with Israel and said Washington can no longer serve as a mediator.

Jerusalem is key to Muslims and Christians, as it is to Jews.

"The United States of America is deeply committed to restarting the peace process in the Middle East", he said before departing for Jordan. "We will all be there and we will give the Vice President the honor he deserves", Netanyahu said.

The Egyptian president further highlighted that only negotiations based on a two-state solution could put an end to the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

His trip had originally been scheduled for December but was postponed because of the furore over the Jerusalem decision, which broke with decades of worldwide diplomacy.

Abdullah said he was "encouraged" by Trump's stated commitment to finding a solution to the decades-long conflict, which he said was a "potential major source of instability".

"We will discuss the efforts of the Trump administration to block Iran's aggression and the Iranian nuclear programme, and of course, advancing security and peace in the region", Netanyahu said ahead of a cabinet meeting on Sunday.

But Trump's designation of Jerusalem as Israel's capital poses a dilemma for Egypt, which receives extensive military and economic aid from Washington but does not want to appear dismissive of Palestinian concerns. "And key to enabling Muslims to effectively fight some of the root causes of radicalisation".

Following Trump's Jerusalem announcement, protests erupted across the West Bank and the Gaza strip, while the Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians to launch a fresh uprising against Israel.

Former ambassador Shoval said it's possible that there could be a policy announcement while the Vice President is in Israel, but more than likely, the trip is to reaffirm the USA commitments to Israel.

"Pence, who is accompanied by his wife Karen on the trip, held talks with Egypt" Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo. He will finish his three-nation Middle East trip in Israel.

Palestinian officials have repeatedly said that America can no longer play a role in the Middle East peace process after its Jerusalem decision, which broke long-standing U.S. foreign policy and infuriated the Arab world.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has condemned Trump over the Jerusalem announcement and warned that the United States can no longer play any role in future peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis.



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