King Abdullah of Jordan Presses Leader of Palestinians to Calm Tensions

King Abdullah of Jordan has been lobbying intensely Mahmoud Abbas the President of the Palestinian Authority to exert influence and scale back the violence across the West Bank, quoted sources in Jordan late last week.

The monarch reportedly is concerned that escalation in the strife between Israel and the Palestinians could have a big spillover effects into his Hashemtite kingdom.

Many Jordan subjects have Palestinian origins, which makes Amman sensitive to what is taking place on the west side of the Jordan river.

Abbas will arrive in Amman next week for meetings with Abdullah and John Kerry the Secretary of State in the U.S. The three are expected to talk about ways to bring calm to the region.

One of the goals of Kerry is reinforcing the status quo at the al-Aksa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, under which prayer that is non-Muslim had been banned.

Benjamin Netanyahu the Prime Minister of Israel said his country has not made any changes to the status quo, and does not plan to do so any time soon.

A statement following the meeting, which was attended by Sergei Lavrov the Foreign Minister, Federica Mogherini forging policy chief Federica Mogherini and coordinator Nickolay Mogherini called upon Israel to work with Jordan.

A source within the Israeli government said that Netanyahu spoke to Kerry in a meeting and said that to curb any violence, King Abdullah and Abbas, who has a role in the custodian of sacred sites within Jerusalem, and declare publically the status quo did not change.

A spokesperson for Netanyahu did not confirm Netanyahu made that kind of demand.

Palestinians are fuming as well, at what they said was excessive force by police and soldiers from Israeli, with a number of attackers killed when they may have been detained.


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