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Jordanian king makes rare visit to Ramallah for talks with Abbas

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Jordanian king makes rare visit to Ramallah for talks with Abbas

Photo: David Silverman/Getty
Photo: David Silverman/Getty

Jordan’s King Abdullah will travel to the West Bank today to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

Talks are expected to focus on heightened tensions with Israel. Violence flared between Palestinians and Israelis in the disputed capital of Jerusalem last month. After 10 days of clashes, six people were killed and scores injured. Meanwhile, last weekend a guard at the Israeli embassy in Amman opened fire after being attacked with a screwdriver, killing two Jordanians.

The recent violence has strained ties between the two Arab nations and Israel to their worst point in years. Indeed, Mr Abbas has cut off all communication with Israeli authorities and is therefore unable to leave the West Bank (Israel controls the border on all sides). Abdullah has pledged to make a rare trip to the Palestinian Territories instead, in what a Palestinian spokesperson said was “a visit of solidarity and coordination”.

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  • There has never been a civilization or a nation referred to as “Palestine” and the very notion of a “Palestinian Arab nation” having ancient attachments to the Holy Land going back to time immemorial is one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated upon the world!

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