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Tags: israel | jordan | benjamin netanyahu | king abdullah ii | trip

Netanyahu Flies to Jordan for Surprise Meeting With King

Benjamin Netanyahu looks on
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Abir Sultan/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 09:20 AM EST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise trip to Jordan Tuesday to meet with King Abdullah II, his first visit since taking power at the helm of Israel's most right-wing and religiously conservative government in history.

Jordan's official statement suggested that the rare meeting between the leaders, who have long had a rocky relationship, dealt primarily with the status of a sensitive holy site in the Old City of Jerusalem. The sacred compound — the third-holiest site in Islam — sits on a sprawling plateau also home to the iconic golden Dome of the Rock. It is revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount.

Jordan's royal court said the king urged Israel to respect the status quo at the sacred compound, which allows Jews to visit during certain hours and bars them from praying openly there. The government also said King Abdullah II pushed Israel to "stop its acts of violence" that undermine hopes for an eventual peaceful settlement to the decadeslong Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Netanyahu's office said he discussed vaguely defined "regional issues" and security and economic cooperation with Jordan, a key regional ally.

Tensions have simmered between the neighbors over Israel's new ultranationalist government, which took office late last year. Already, the Jordanian government has summoned the Israeli ambassador twice since the new government took office — both times after an incident at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The compound is administered by Jordanian religious authorities as part of an unofficial agreement after Israel won control of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel is in charge of security at the site.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise trip to Jordan Tuesday to meet with King Abdullah II, his first visit since taking power at the helm of Israel's most right-wing and religiously conservative government in history.
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