Defense Minister Ya'alon Meets With Jordan's King Abdullah II, First Official Encounter in Over a Year

Ya'alon speaks with the king of Jordan at the Munich Security Conference about Middle East developments and possibilities of advancing the peace process.

Jordan's King Abdullah speaks at the Munich Security Conference, February 12, 2016.
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Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has met Jordan’s King Abdullah II at a security conference in Munich. This was the first open meeting between the king and a senior Israeli official in over a year.

Ya’alon’s bureau stated that the two dealt with bilateral relations between Jordan and Israel, with recent developments in the Middle East and with possibilities for advancing the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

“One cannot talk about justice in the world without solving the Palestinian question and striving for a state for them," said King Abdullah in his speech at the conference. "If this isn’t resolved, the entire region will slide into a religious conflict and ISIS is exploiting this.”

The meeting was the first the king had with an Israeli senior official in the last 15 months. The last time was at a three-way meeting in Amman with Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in November 2014, in which attempts were made to defuse tensions surrounding the Temple Mount.