Jordan’s King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein spoke with France24 this week about the West Bank annexation and US President Donald Trump’s Deal of the Century.
When discussing his conversations with Trump, he thinks the president “understands what is needed to bring Israelis and Palestinians together,” which he emphasized is what Jordan supports. The king sees stability between the Israelis and Palestinians as key to regional stability.
The king also discussed Prime Minster Benjamin Netanayhu’s annexation announcement, which he remarked had “tremendous negativity towards the Israeli-Jordanian relationship.” However, he emphasized that he would not know more until the elections were finished.
“From the Jordanian perspective, the [Israeli-Jordanian] relationship is important, moving dialogue back between the Israelis and Palestinians is essential and moving the dialogue back between Israel and Jordan, which has been on pause for the past two years, is essential.”
He added that, “Jordan is strategically committed to the peace between Jordan and Israel, that is a major element of stability in the region and that due to the Israeli elections, which have been going on for more than a year, the Israeli-Jordanian “relationship is on pause.”