Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has paid a surprise visit to Jordan to discuss with King Abdullah II the recent developments in the US - brokered Israeli - Palestinian talks.
Netanyahu’s office confirmed that the Israeli premier travelled to Amman on Thursday for unannounced talks with King Abdullah over the future security arrangements in the Jordan Valley, where the Israeli-occupied West Bank borders Jordan. “Israel is putting an emphasis on security arrangements, which is also in Jordan’s interest in any future agreement,” said Netanyahu’s office in a statement issued following the meeting. The Jordanian royal palace also confirmed that the King and Netanyahu had discussed the “developments in light of the current US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian” talks, stressing that the negotiations must “meet Palestinian aspirations” while at the same time “protect Jordanian interests.” The Netanyahu trip to Jordan follows US Secretary of State John Kerry’s tenth trip to the Middle East region, as Washington is pushing to broker a deal between the Tel Aviv regime and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Washington has proposed a mixed Israeli-Palestinian military presence in the Jordan Valley to ensure security there. However, the Israeli regime says it wants a solo long-term military presence in the strategic valley, which is a main focus of the new round of talks between the Palestinian Authority and Tel Aviv. Earlier in January, Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Moshe Ya’alon insulted Kerry over his proposed security plan for the Jordan Valley, saying the proposal “was not worth the paper it was written on.” Meanwhile, Israeli-Palestinian talks have also been deteriorating due to the Israeli regime’s illegal settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories.