According to reports by a Kuwaiti daily made on Wednesday, July 27, King Abdullah II of Jordan recently declined a secret meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.
‘Well informed’ anonymous sources told Al-Jareeda newspaper that Netanyahu had sent a special emissary to Amman to request a secret meeting with Abdullah in Aqaba. However, the King refused saying that his schedule was overloaded.
According to the paper, Jordan’s King is “angry with the Israeli Prime Minister over his government’s position on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations; over statements made by figures close to Netanyahu asserting that ‘Jordan is Palestine’; and over Netanyahu’s position on the Jordan Valley and his insistence that it remains under Israeli sovereignty.”
During a meeting with a delegation of Kuwaiti journalists on Tuesday, King Abdullah asserted that he was not optimistic about the future of the settlement process in the region. He expressed a lack of trust in the Israeli government and his particular worry that Jordan’s gates could be forced wide open to Arab newcomers whose countries are witnessing political change.