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Trump asks Jordan’s king for help with Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

Just day’s after meeting with Egypt’s president, U.S. President Donald Trump enlisted the help of King Abdullah II of Jordan as well in his efforts to reach a deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

“I’m working very, very hard on trying to finally create peace between the Palestinians and Israel,” Trump said during a joint news conference with Abdullah on Wednesday. “The king has been a really tireless advocate for a solution. He’s going to help me with that — and help me at the highest level. We will be consulting with him very closely in the days ahead.”

The Arab monarch praised Trump’s endeavors and said that his “early engagement is beginning to bring Palestinians and Israelis together.”

“I am very delighted for your vision and holistic approach to all the challenges in the region,” he told Trump. “There is a lot of responsibility for all of us in the international community to support the president of the United States and the American people to bring brighter days to all of us.”

Abdullah endorses the Saudi-proposed Arab Peace Initiative, which calls for a two-state solution with east Jerusalem as a Palestinian capital in exchange for normalized ties with the Arab world.

“You will find a strong ally in Jordan supporting you on all your policies,” he reassured the American president, pledging his support. “Your message to all of us is a message of hope.”

Trump met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah el-Sisi earlier this week. His special envoy for international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, has been to the region twice since Trump was inaugurated in January. Greenblatt has met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and several key players in the region. Abbas is expected to meet with Trump at the White House later this month.

N.J. Schiavi has lived in Israel for over 15 years and is a freelance writer for Kehila News Israel.

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