Jordan's King Meets Israeli President, Urges Calm Ahead of Ramadan

Jordan's King Abdullah condemns terror attack near Tel Aviv, says violence 'continues to provide a fertile ground for extremism'

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman, on Wednesday
Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman, on WednesdayCredit: Haim Zach / GPO

Jordan's King Abdullah II condemned the deadly shooting attack in Bnei Brak during a Wednesday meeting with Israeli President Issac Herzog in Amman, urging calm ahead of the Muslim month of Ramadan.

According to remarks carried by state news agency Petra, Abdullah told Herzog – the second senior Israeli official to visit Amman in as many days – that violence "in all of its forms... continues to provide a fertile ground for extremism."

Herzog, according to a statement from his office, thanked the king for his condemnation. "We must fight together against any type of terror and cooperate for the benefit of the security of our nations," he said.

The king said Herzog's visit can be an opportunity to move toward a solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, adding that the Palestinians must be allowed to enjoy the "great opportunities" for economic cooperation the region offers.

Abdullah specifically asked Israel to ensure worshipers are free to come to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan, an issue still being debated by Israeli officials, with police calling for more restrictions following the latest attack in central Israel that killed five people.

Herzog called to maintain cooperation on this issue, saying that "We must move towards enabling everyone to practice their beliefs in safety, in security, in calm circumstances."

On Tuesday, Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with Jordan's king at his palace in Amman to discuss "regional security challenges" ahead of Ramadan.

According to the Defense Ministry, Gantz presented the King with Israel's plan to preserve freedom of worship in Jerusalem, and emphasized the "importance of security coordination" in light of recent events. 

A statement from the Jordanian royal palace said that the king emphasized to Gantz "the need to keep the complete calm and respect the rights of Muslims to plat at al-Aqsa Mosque, and to remove every obstacle ahead of them and to avoid any skirmishes that could lead to an escalation."

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