Jordan's King Abdullah II Vows to Fight Israel's 'Unilateral Policies' in Jerusalem

King Abdullah says Jordan will continue to safeguard Jerusalem's Muslim and Christian holy sites.

Reuters

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday said his country would continue to confront Israel's "unilateral policies" in Jerusalem and would work to protect sites that are holy to Muslims and Christians.

Abdullah made his remarks in a speech marking the opening session of parliament in Amman. The king addressed domestic matters relating to Jordan, including internal reforms, the country's economic situation and the threat posed by ISIS, also known as the Islamic State.

He also briefly spoke about Jerusalem, saying, “Jordan will continue to confront, through all available means, unilateral Israeli policies and measures in Jerusalem and to safeguard its Muslim and Christian holy sites until peace is restored."

Abdullah also called for the urgent rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip, following this summer's Operation Protective Edge, which he called "the Israeli aggression that caused the deaths of thousands of our Palestinian brothers and destroyed their property."

To avoid a repeat of such aggression, the king said, final-status negotiations must resume between Israel and the Palestinians. A sustainable peace based on the two-state solution as outlined by the international community and the Arab peace initiative must be reached, he said. That would enable the Palestinians to establish a state on their land with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The king also referred to the battle against Islamic State, saying it is his duty to stand firm against terrorist organizations waging a religious or ethnic war that tarnishes the image of Islam.