Jordan’s king pushes Israel, Palestinians to stop violence

Jordan’s King Abdullah is pushing diplomacy separately with Palestinian and Israeli leaders in an effort to prevent a repeat of last year’s Ramadan violence between Israel and Gaza. The monarch meets with Israel’s president, Isaac Herzog, on Wednesday, the first official visit by an Israeli head of state to Jordan. It comes as Israel deals with a new wave of deadly violence, including an attack Tuesday in a Tel Aviv suburb that left at least five dead.

Israel is already on high alert after a series of deadly attacks over the past week and there are concerns about an outbreak of violence in the Palestinian territories.

Jordanian analyst Amer Sabaileh told VOA that King Abdullah is concerned about security and stability in areas, especially the West Bank, where tensions are rising as Ramadan approaches this weekend.

Sabaileh is a non-resident fellow at the Washington-based Stinson Center.

“The biggest challenge for Jordan today is to avoid any unrest or kind of destabilization in the West Bank, because most of the reports speak of an escalation of violence. One of the big issues for Jordan is to keep the situation in the West Bank under control, to prevent any form of chaos from decaying at this stage. It requires flexible diplomacy with everyone. This comes at a time when Jordan has begun an open relationship with the Israelis, to communicate openly with Israeli officials. “It also means a new opportunity for Jordan to influence the internal scene in the Palestinian territories,” Sabaileh said.

April is a sensitive period when Ramadan, Passover and Easter come together. The coherence of the religious holidays last year created tensions in Jerusalem, an 11-day war broke out between Israel and Gaza, and ethnic Israeli-Arab violence.

Security fears in Israel are mounting after three deadly attacks in which at least 11 people were killed within a week. Two attacks were carried out by Israeli Arabs inspired by Islamic State and the other by a Palestinian armed man. Concerns are mounting about more attacks or an outbreak of inter-municipal violence.

Police are securing the site where a gunman opened fire on March 29, 2022 in Bnei Brak, Israel.

Police are securing the site where a gunman opened fire on March 29, 2022 in Bnei Brak, Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the country was facing a wave of terrorism.

Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad recently called for intensified attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Palestinian officials have repeatedly warned that the West Bank is on the verge of “exploding”.

“We have seen significant tensions in Jerusalem, which have not disappeared since the last line of conflict,” Tahani Mustafa, an analyst at the International Crisis Group, told the Saudi Arabian news newspaper. “It only makes sense for Jordan to intervene in some way to suppress tensions,” he said.

King Abdullah and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz agreed on the need to preserve freedom of worship in Jerusalem and the West Bank and the importance of security coordination during religious festivals. Jordan is the custodian of Jerusalem’s Muslim and Christian sanctuaries under a 1994 peace treaty with Israel.

King and Israeli President Isaac Herzog says they are addressing the issues as they seek to deepen ties and maintain regional security.

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