At Arab Summit, Jordan's Abdullah Says Two-state Solution Is Basis of Mideast Peace

Jordan, in its historic role as the guardian of holy Muslim sites in Jerusalem, will not allow any harm to come to Al-Aqsa Mosque, says the king.

Jordan's King Abdullah at the Arab League summit in the Jordanian Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh, March 29, 2017.
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Jordan's King Abdullah said peace would not be attained in the Middle East without the creation of a Palestinian state under a two-state solution that would be the basis of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal.

Speaking on Wednesday at the start of the Arab summit held beside the Dead Sea, Abdullah said that Israeli settlements are threatening to upend any opportunity for a peace deal based on the principle of two states for two people.

"Israel is continuing to expand settlements and wreck chances of peace ... There is no peace or stability in the region without a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause through a two-state solution," the king said. 

Abdullah added that Jordan, in its historic role as the guardian of holy Muslim sites in Jerusalem, will not allow any harm to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He said that any "unilateral" Israeli move to change the status quo would have "catastrophic" consequences on the future of the region.

Divided Arab leaders who are attending the one day summit will be seeking common ground to reaffirm their commitment to a Palestinian state, a longstanding goal that U.S. President Donald Trump last month put into doubt.

At a White House news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month, Trump indicated he was open to a one-state solution to the conflict. 

The Palestinians and Arabs want Arab East Jerusalem – which Israel captured in a 1967 war and later annexed in a move not recognised internationally – as the capital of a future state encompassing the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.