Jordan’s King Abdullah Warns U.S.: Lack of Progress With Israel, Palestinians Could Fuel Extremism

King urges White House officials to promote Middle East peace deal

Vice President Mike Pence (left) talks with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House in Washington, November 27, 2017.
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Jordan’s King Abdullah II met on Tuesday with senior White House officials to urge the Trump administration to promote a plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace based on the two-state solution. The king warned the officials that a lack of progress on the Israeli-Palestinian issue could fuel extremism and terrorism in the Middle East.

Since arriving in Washington this week, King Abdullah has met with Vice President Mike Pence, as well as with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster; President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s special envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

A White House official added told Haaretz that the king’s discussions with Kushner and Greenblatt focused on the peace process, while the meeting with McMaster touched on “regional issues of concern.”

Jordanian media outlets reported that during the meetings, Abdullah warned that “failure to reach a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause will fuel further extremism and violence in the Middle East.”

The king also offered strong support to the Trump administration’s attempts to relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and expressed Jordan’s position that such negotiations should be based on the two-state solution and on the Arab Peace Initiative.

Abdullah also met with senior figures in the pro-Israel lobby the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.