Israeli Labor Leader Discusses Two-state Solution With Jordanian King

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Jordan's King Abdullah II and Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay.
Jordan's King Abdullah II and Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay.

Jordanian King Abdullah II met with Labor party chairman Avi Gabbay in Amman on Monday and discussed developments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Gabbay expressed his commitment to a two-state solution and his belief that such a plan is "the best way to bring peace and long-term security to Israel."

Gabbay also told Abdullah he is grateful for the peace between Israel and Jordan and thanked the king for his "continued efforts to promote stability in the region."

For his part, Abdullah "stressed the need to revive the peace process, based on the two-state solution, and in accordance with the international law and relevant UN resolutions."

The king further expressed his support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, "living side by side with Israel, in peace and security."

Abdullah touched upon the Arab Peace Initiative, a 10-sentence proposal endorsed by the Arab League in 2002 to normalize relations between Israel and the Arab region, calling it scaffolding for a future peace plan.

The Arab Peace Initiative calls for Israel to withdraw from territories occupied in the Six Day War, including East Jerusalem, as well as a "just settlement" of the Palestinian refugee issue based on UN Resolution 194. It was rejected by then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2002.

Meanwhile on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump’s peace envoy Jason Greenblatt said in an interview that the White House peace plan does not call for a confederation between Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.

There is still no timetable for the release of the plan.

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