Jordanian king makes rare visit to Ramallah for talks with Abbas

Jordanian king makes rare visit to Ramallah for talks with Abbas

Jordan’s King Abdullah will travel to the West Bank today to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Talks are

Photo: David Silverman/Getty

Photo: David Silverman/Getty

Jordan’s King Abdullah will travel to the West Bank today to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

Talks are expected to focus on heightened tensions with Israel. Violence flared between Palestinians and Israelis in the disputed capital of Jerusalem last month. After 10 days of clashes, six people were killed and scores injured. Meanwhile, last weekend a guard at the Israeli embassy in Amman opened fire after being attacked with a screwdriver, killing two Jordanians.

The recent violence has strained ties between the two Arab nations and Israel to their worst point in years. Indeed, Mr Abbas has cut off all communication with Israeli authorities and is therefore unable to leave the West Bank (Israel controls the border on all sides). Abdullah has pledged to make a rare trip to the Palestinian Territories instead, in what a Palestinian spokesperson said was “a visit of solidarity and coordination”.

While tension in the region is nothing new, the current state of affairs bodes extremely poorly for the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks—something US President Donald Trump had made a priority.