King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived in Ramallah. After landing he waited for a solemn meeting. Together with the Chairman of the Palestinian national authority Mahmoud Abbas, he bypassed the guard of honor and heard anthems of the Hashemite Kingdom and the Palestinian authority.
Among the welcoming was the representatives of the Muslim and Christian clergy. Abdullah II is the title of the guardian of al-Aqsa mosque, that he is subordinate to the Jerusalem Waqf. However, Abbas claims to be the protector of Muslim and Christian Holy sites.
The Arab press claims that the Jordanian monarch has played a key role in overcoming the crisis over the Temple mount. After he was settled, Abdullah called on the Palestinian leadership to do everything possible to defuse the situation.
The situation in Jerusalem becomes one of the main issues of bilateral negotiations. It is also reported that the sides will discuss the resumption of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. On the eve of the visit, the king expressed fears that the time for the establishment of a Palestinian state may be missed.
Analysts say that the most pressing question on the agenda of the Palestinian authority – the state of health of her 81-year-old Chairman. After a recent medical examination of Abbas, sources in the hospital of Ramallah said that «Rais» tired and under stress. It makes you think about a successor.
Abdullah II visited Ramallah for the first time since 2012 – meetings of politicians are usually held in Jordan. This is indirectly confirmed by media reports, according to which the Israeli government banned Abbas, who terminated his cooperation with Israel, to leave the city. However, the decision to hold a meeting in the Mukata can be explained by the health Minister of the Palestinian authority.
The Jerusalem Post notes that recent events have weakened Abbas, whose popularity is already low. The measures taken by the leadership of the Palestinian authority against Hamas operating in the Gaza strip, has created among the Palestinians a sense that Abbas is a partner to the Israeli blockade.