King Abdullah II of Jordan reflected on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the World Economic Forum in response to recent circumstances and announcements such as the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the plan to move the American embassy to the city.
King Abdullah and Netanyahu meet in Jordan in 2014 Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon / GPO/FLASH90
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, King Abdullah II of Jordan spoke about the importance of the US role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace agreement. Abdullah said: “We cannot have a peace process or peace solution without the role of the United States.”
This message comes after Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet with US Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Israel. Abbas canceled his meeting with Pence in response to US President Donald Trump’s announcements about moving the embassy to Jerusalem and declaring the city Israel’s capital.
Abdullah further expressed his message to other Arab nations, encouraging patience as the US peace plan has not yet come out. As Jerusalem serves as one of the major issues in the conflict, Abdullah stated, “The subject of Jerusalem has to be part of a comprehensive solution for Israel and the Palestinians.”
Abdullah heeded caution that Jerusalem “could be a tremendous city or it can lead to violence the likes of which we’ve never seen before.” On Monday, Abbas met with Belgian leaders to discuss the EU’s involvement in the peace process in place of the US, which the Palestinians no longer view as a positive partner for peace, apparently due to Trump’s announcement.
“We’ve been at this for a while and looking at this always as a glass half full. We have to give the Americans the benefit of the doubt,” Abdullah said as he reflected on the history of the conflict and the potential for peace that may come after Trump’s announcement and the US peace plan to come.