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Jordan’s King Abdullah, PA Leader Abbas Meet in Ramallah, Discuss Temple Mount Tensions

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Jordanian King Abdullah II. Photo: World Economic Forum via Wikimedia Commons. – Jordan’s King Abdullah met with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday in Abdullah’s first official visit to Ramallah since December 2012.

The leaders were to talk about efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, senior Fatah official Mohammed Shtayyeh told AFP on Saturday.

Abdullah and Abbas also reportedly discussed the recent Temple Mount crisis and broader regional developments.

Although the Jordanian king and Abbas purportedly meet regularly, Abdullah’s visit to Ramallah intended to demonstrate Jordan’s support for the PA amid a power struggle between the PA and the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas.

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Ahead of Abdullah’s visit, Jordanian officials coordinated with the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and the IDF, notifying Jerusalem that the Jordanian leader’s helicopter would likely fly through Israeli airspace en route to Ramallah.

Abdullah’s visit came in the aftermath of Muslim riots and Palestinian terror attacks in Jerusalem and the disputed territories, following Israel’s temporary installation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount in response to the July 14 Arab terror attack near the holy site. Abdullah recently announced that he has donated $1.4 million to the Jordanian-run Islamic Waqf, which administers the Temple Mount.

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  • Joseph Feld

    After previous terror attack the Israelis installed closed circuit cameras to catch the terrorists, and they did so with agreement of King Abdul, Guardian of Aqsa. The Pals objected. Who would reasonably object to cameras aside from terrorists avoiding being seen? After the most recent killing of police on the Temple Mount Israel installed metal detectors, as the Saudi king has around the Great Mosque in Mecca. Who could object to metal detectors aside from terrorists trying to smuggle in weapons to the Temple Mount. The gate on the Temple Mount for non-Muslims has long had a metal detector as does the entrance to the Western Wall Plaza.