King Abdullah II

Report: Jordan Rebuffs Netanyahu, Gantz over West Bank Annexation

TEL AVIV — In protest over Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Jordan’s King Abdullah II has refused to accept Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s phone calls and has so far not set a date for a meeting with Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) talks with Jordanian King Abdullah II at the Jordanian Royal Palace in Amman on May 1, 2018. (Photo by Khalil MAZRAAWI / AFP) (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)

Jared Kushner in Israel for Mideast Peace Push

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and his special envoy Jason Greenblatt were due in Israel on Friday, the final leg of a Middle East tour aimed at promoting the US administration’s as-yet unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and securing humanitarian relief for Gaza.

UN Palestine Jared Kushner, Nikki Haley, Jason Greenblatt Jared Kushner, left, and Jason Greenblatt, right, listen as American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Palestine, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Knesset Speaker Blasts Jordanian Counterpart for Praising Terror

TEL AVIV – Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein on Monday slammed his Jordanian counterpart for praising the Arab-Israeli terrorists who killed two police officers in Jerusalem, telling the Jordanian Speaker of the House to “shut up” if he didn’t have the gumption to condemn terrorism.

Yuli Edelstein

Abbas Preps for President Trump Meeting This Week

US President Donald Trump will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday for their first face-to-face talks, with the PA leader hoping the billionaire businessman’s unpredictable approach can inject life into long-stalled peace efforts.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas