Gabbay meets Jordan’s king, affirms commitment to two-state solution
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Gabbay meets Jordan’s king, affirms commitment to two-state solution

In Amman, Zionist Union chief discusses peace efforts with Abdullah II, praises monarch’s work for regional stability

Jordan's King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein addresses the 73rd United Nations (UN) General Assembly on September 25, 2018 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/ Getty Images/ AFP)
Jordan's King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein addresses the 73rd United Nations (UN) General Assembly on September 25, 2018 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/ Getty Images/ AFP)

Avi Gabbay, the leader of the Zionist Union opposition faction, met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman on Monday to discuss the status of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The Jordanian court in a tweet said the two discussed the “need to revive peace process, based on two-state solution & in accordance with international law, relevant UN resolutions, & Arab Peace Initiative.”

Gabbay said he expressed his commitment to advancing peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors “on the basis of the two-state solution,” which he said was the best plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Gabbay’s office said he had also expressed his deep appreciation for Israeli-Jordanian peace and for the king’s persistent efforts to promote regional stability.

Zionist Union head Avi Gabbay leads a faction meeting at the Knesset on June 18, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

In his address to the UN General Assembly on September 25, Abdullah pleaded for urgent aid for Palestinian refugees and their descendants to curb the appeal of radicalism, after the United States ended all support for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

“We need to support full funding of UNRWA and other vital efforts to protect families, keep communities stable, and prepare young people for productive lives,” Abdullah said.

Jordan is home to nearly 2.2 million Palestinians, who make up almost half of the kingdom’s population.

Abdullah rejected the idea of a one-state solution in which Palestinians would be absorbed in the Jewish state, saying the proposal had an “ugly, undemocratic reality.”

“There is no such thing as a unilateral agreement; it takes at least two parties to make an agreement,” he said. “Helping the parties achieve that agreement, and work together to build a new future, deserves the strong, steady support of all our world.”

Abdullah expressed those same sentiments during a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the sidelines of the Assembly.

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