King of Jordan: Protect holy sites from Israel
In meeting with Abbas in Amman, King Abdullah warns of 'dangerous consequences of provocative Israeli moves and aggressive acts against al-Aqsa Mosque.' He adds that steps taken 'constitute dangerous provocation that threatens efforts to achieve regional peace'
Israel's eastern neighbor makes a call for action: King Abdullah of Jordan said Sunday that the international community must take immediate measures to protect the holy sites in east Jerusalem from unilateral moves on Israel's part.
According to him, Israel's moves seek to alter Jerusalem's identity and constitute a dangerous provocation that threatens all efforts invested in achieving regional peace.
Jordan's official news agency, Petra, reported that during a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman the Jordanian king warned against "the dangerous consequences of provocative Israeli moves and acts of aggression against the al-Aqsa Mosque – moves with Jordan condemns."
King Abdullah emphasized that his country will continue to invest efforts in protecting the holy sites in Jerusalem. In addition, Abdullah highlighted Jordan's rejection and rebuke of Israel's decision to include Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs on its list of national heritage sites.
During the meeting – which was attended by senior Jordanian officials, including Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, and senior Palestinians, including their head of negotiation team Saeb Erekat – the two sides discussed efforts being put forth in order to overcome the hurdles to renewing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process on the basis of a two-state solution, a set timetable, and the Arab Peace Initiative.
The Jordanian king reiterated his country's support for the Palestinian Authority and efforts to reinstate the rights of the Palestinian people, particularly their right to an independent country.