Kerry, Abdullah, Netanyahu Meet In Jordan Over Yerushalayim Tensions


kerry-abdullah-netanyahuIsraeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordan’s King Abdullah II met this evening in Amman, Jordan to discuss rising tensions in Yerushalayim.

The Egyptian Presidential office said that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was being updated on the occurrences of the meeting.

Al-Sisi was informed of the solutions offered to calm the situation in Yerushalayim and maintain the status quo at the Temple Mount, known as al-Aqsa mosque to Muslims, in order to avoid further escalation of the situation.

Earlier Kerry met separately with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan on Thursday and spoke about the possibility to renew relations with Israel. Abdullah accused Israel of “repeated attacks” on holy sites in Jerusalem and said they must stop.

Ahead of the top US diplomat’s meetings in Amman for talks focused on rising tensions in East Jerusalem, police clashed with Palestinian demonstrators in the city’s Issawiya neighborhood and other locales.

Around 100 residents, among them schoolchildren, tried to block the main road in protest after police blocked off several of Issawiya’s entrances with concrete blocks. Police fired tear gas, percussion bombs and rubber bullets to break up the rally. Read more at Ynet News.

{ Israel}