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Monday, November 21, 2011

Jordan's Abdullah visiting Ramallah but not Jerusalem

Jordan's King Abdullah is visiting Ramallah on Monday to meet with 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen. Despite the fact that Ramallah can be seen from parts of Jerusalem, Abdullah will not be visiting Jerusalem. The following statement was released by the Jordanian government news agency, Petra.
"King Abdullah II will on Monday visit Ramallah for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the framework of Jordan's efforts to support the Palestinian National Authority and the Palestinian people," the agency said.

The visit, which Petra said would express support for efforts "to achieve peace and the creation of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders," comes at a delicate political time for Abbas.
In an interview with Israel Radio, Kadima number 2 Shaul Mofaz said that the fact that Abdullah is not visiting Jerusalem reflects the 'failure' of the Netanyahu government to advance the 'peace process.' Mofaz said that he - and implicitly not his party's leader, Tzipi Livni - would soon challenge Netanyahu for the Prime Minister's office. Israelis are wildly excited about the prospect of voting for Mofaz. Heh.

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