Ra’am’s Abbas meets Abdullah in Jordan

The visit between King Abdullah and MK Mansour Abbas was coordinated with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. 

JORDAN’S KING ABDULLAH II listens during a meeting in Amman in May. (photo credit: ALEX BRANDON/POOL VIA REUTERS)
JORDAN’S KING ABDULLAH II listens during a meeting in Amman in May.
(photo credit: ALEX BRANDON/POOL VIA REUTERS)

Jordanian King Abdullah met secretly at his palace in Amman for several hours on Monday with Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra’am (United Arab List) Party and a deputy Knesset speaker, Jordanian and Israeli officials confirmed Tuesday.

The visit was coordinated with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, they said.

The visit dealt with the Palestinians and how to advance the peace process and cooperation between Israel and Jordan, the Royal Court said. The king voiced his support for what he called “his Palestinian brothers” to achieve “their just and legitimate rights.”

Abdullah reiterated his support for a Palestinian state within pre-1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital and said Jordan would continue maintaining Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

Abbas praised the king’s views on the Palestinian issue and his efforts to maintain the status quo in Jerusalem in support the residents of east Jerusalem. He thanked Abdullah for helping Arab-Israelis with education and visiting the holy Islamic city of Mecca.

MK Mansour Abbas (Ra'am), October 4, 2021. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)MK Mansour Abbas (Ra'am), October 4, 2021. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu said Abdullah had met with the true prime minister of Israel while Bennett continued destroying Israel.

Likud MK Miki Zohar said the meeting was proof that the current government is being run by the Islamic Movement.