Jordanian King: U.S. Role Is Central for Israeli-Palestinian Deal


The Times of Israel reports: King Abdullah II of Jordan said Sunday that the United States remains essential to any hope of a peaceful solution between Israel and the Palestinians, despite criticism of the new US stance on Jerusalem by Arab states and the Palestinians.

“We cannot have a peace process or a peace solution without the role of the United States,” the monarch said on the CNN program “Fareed Zakaria GPS.” This was true even after President Donald Trump decided to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv — where nearly every other country has its embassy — to Jerusalem, he said.

In December, Jordan had called Trump’s move “a violation of decisions of international law and the United Nations charter,” and Abdullah re-iterated his concerns to Vice President Mike Pence who visited the Middle East last month. And Abdullah noted on Sunday that Trump’s decision had “created a backlash” by leaving Palestinians feeling “that there isn’t an honest broker.”

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