King Abdullah: Annexation talk absence of gov’t harms Israel-Jordan ties

Jordan’s King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein spoke with France24 this week about the West Bank annexation and US President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century.”

Israeli annexation plans and its absence of a government are harming Jordan’s relations with the Jewish state, King Abdullah told France 24 in an interview published on Monday.

Regarding the possibility that US President Donald Trump’s peace plan would soon be unveiled, he told the French television station, on the eve of a visit this week to Brussels, Strasbourg and Paris, that: “We keep hearing that sometime soon the plan would be presented.”

Abdullah plans to hold talks with the Europeans on Iran, Iraq, ISIS, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While in Strasbourg, he will deliver a special address to the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Jordan and the European Union believe the resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 lines, with east Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state. The Trump administration has hinted that its plan is unlikely to include this scenario and has been quiet with regard to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election pledges to annex West Bank settlements, beginning with the Jordan Valley.