Jordan confirms its rejection of Israel’s settlement practices and its demolition of Palestinian homes

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Wednesday rejected Israel’s rejection of Israel’s settlement practices and the demolition of dozens of Palestinian homes, King Abdullah II said.

A statement issued by the Royal Court on the Jordanian monarch confirmed Jordan’s “rejection of Israeli settlement practices in the Palestinian territories and the demolition of dozens of homes for Palestinians.”

King Abdullah II urged the international community to “take action to stop these actions targeting the Arab identity of the Holy City.”

Israeli troops on Monday demolished illegal Palestinian homes south of East Jerusalem and close to the fence separating Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank.

For his part, Abbas said, “The importance of meeting with His Majesty the King … especially in light of the Israeli attacks on the demolition of Palestinian homes and other practices affecting Islamic and Christian property in Jerusalem.”

Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967, which was under Jordanian sovereignty like other West Bank cities before its occupation, and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community.

Israel views Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians want to make East Jerusalem the capital of their future state.

Israel, which signed a peace treaty with Jordan in 1994, recognizes the kingdom’s supervision of Islamic holy sites in the city.

The Royal Court’s statement quoted the Jordanian monarch as saying that Jordan “stands by its full potential and capabilities alongside the Palestinian brothers in achieving their legitimate and just rights and establishing their independent state on the lines of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

He urged “the intensification of international efforts to achieve a just and lasting peace, based on the two-state solution as the only solution to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

The region is waiting for the return of US President George W. Bush’s Middle East adviser Jared Kushner later this month as part of a new round of talks aimed at pushing forward his peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians.

The details of Kushner’s plan have yet to be revealed and are unlikely to come into force in the foreseeable future amid widespread rejection.

The rejection is based on mere leaks on the plan, which it says will not mention the two-state solution and the administration’s policy of Donald Trump, who has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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