Trump and Abdullah ‘encouraged by the efforts taken to de-escalate tensions’

With the end of the Temple Mount crisis as security measures installed by the Israel Police were removed, US President Donald Trump and Jordanian King Abdullah II spoke over the phone congratulating one another about the end of the crisis. The White House released a statement noting that the leaders were “encouraged by the efforts taken to de-escalate tensions and by the progress that has been made.”
Trump and Abdullah II Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

US President Donald Trump spoke early this morning (Saturday) with Jordanian King Abdullah II about the latest events surrounding the Temple Mount. The White House released a statement saying that both leaders were “encouraged by the efforts taken to de-escalate tensions and by the progress that has been made.”

As reported on Thursday by JOL, Abdullah II called for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prosecute the Israeli embassy security guard who shot a Jordanian citizen attempting to stab him earlier this week. The king criticized Netanyahu’s conduct and claimed that he is “fanning a fire.”

The Jordanian king continued by slamming the way in which Netanyahu made his decisions during the diplomatic crisis with the Hashemite Kingdom. “Netanyahu’s behavior was provocative on all fronts and it infuriated us and fueled the extremists,” Abdullah said. “The way in which the Israelis operate in the crisis will directly affect our relations with Israel.”



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