Netanyahu flies to Jordan for shock assembly with king

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JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a shock journey to Jordan on Tuesday to fulfill with King Abdullah II, his first go to since taking energy on the helm of Israel’s most right-wing and religiously conservative authorities in historical past.

Jordan’s official assertion instructed that the uncommon assembly between the leaders, who’ve lengthy had a rocky relationship, dealt primarily with the standing of a delicate holy website within the Outdated Metropolis of Jerusalem. The sacred compound — the third-holiest website in Islam — sits on a sprawling plateau additionally house to the long-lasting golden Dome of the Rock. It’s revered by Muslims because the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews because the Temple Mount.

Jordan’s royal courtroom stated the king urged Israel to respect the established order on the sacred compound, which permits Jews to go to throughout sure hours and bars them from praying brazenly there. The federal government additionally stated King Abdullah II pushed Israel to “stop its acts of violence” that undermine hopes for an eventual peaceable settlement to the decadeslong Israeli-Palestinian battle.

Netanyahu’s workplace stated he mentioned vaguely outlined “regional issues” and safety and financial cooperation with Jordan, a key regional ally. Jordan’s 1994 treaty normalizing ties with Israel produced a chilly-at-best peace between the nations.

Tensions have simmered between the neighbors over Israel’s new ultranationalist authorities, which took workplace late final yr. Already, the Jordanian authorities has summoned the Israeli ambassador twice because the new authorities took workplace — each occasions after an incident on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Earlier this month, Israel’s new hard-line minister of nationwide safety, Itamar Ben-Gvir, made a provocative go to to the positioning, drawing condemnations from Jordan and across the Arab world.

The compound is run by Jordanian spiritual authorities as a part of an unofficial settlement after Israel gained management of east Jerusalem within the 1967 Mideast battle. Israel is accountable for safety on the website.

Due to Jordan’s function and the positioning’s significance to Muslims around the globe, no matter occurs on the website has regional implications.

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