Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Surprise meeting of Netanyahu and Abdullah (Jordan)

From The Associated Press (Canadian Press), 26 July 2010:

AMMAN, Jordan — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a previously unannounced visit to Jordan. ...his second to Jordan since he took office in February 2009.

...More than half of Jordan's nearly 6 million population is of Palestinian descent and the kingdom fears that deadlocked negotiations could lead to yet another influx of refugees from the West Bank.

A Royal Palace statement says King Abdullah II received Netanyahu for closed-door talks before the Israeli leader left for home.

It says the talks focused on ways for starting direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations but did not elaborate.

From Ynet News, 27 July 2010:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday [26 July 2010] that his secret meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II was "very good"...

...Netanyahu said he spoke with the Jordanian king about promoting peace and security with the Palestinians and the entire region.  ...He also noted that the parities discussed the possibility of cooperation in the fields of economy and energy.

...Netanyahu also addressed the importance of a peace agreement with the Palestinians. "The region where we live has a lot of instability and a lot of dangers. We had peace with Iran. For years we had ties with them, but this peace did not withstand the changes that took place within Iran."

He warned that caution should be used. "We must have peace agreements that include a solution to the threats against us, because we do not want to repeat what happened when we withdrew from Lebanon and got an Iranian military base in the north, and we do not want to have what happened in Gaza, where a southern Iranian enclave was created with increasing armament."

Netanyahu said that Israel must preserve its ability to defend itself in the frame of the new conditions to be created in the region.
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