ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 142

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Abdullah expresses alarm over ‘continued escalations by extremist settlers in West Bank and East Jerusalem’

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Jordan's King Abdullah II, accompanied by President Joe Biden, right, speaks in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Jordan's King Abdullah II, accompanied by President Joe Biden, right, speaks in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Jordan’s King Abdullah turns to the situation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, expressing alarm over the roughly 400 Palestinians killed in those areas since October 7.

The vast majority of those Palestinians were killed in clashes or attacks on IDF troops, though some lost their lives during altercations with settlers.

“Continued escalations by extremist settlers in the West Bank and Jerusalem’s holy sites and the expansion of illegal settlements will unleash chaos on the entire region,” the Hashemite leader warns, claiming that “the vast majority of Muslim worshippers are not being allowed to enter Al Aqsa Mosque and that Christian churches have also voiced concerns about increasing and unprecedented restrictions and threats.”

“It is also important to stress that the separation of the West Bank and Gaza cannot be accepted,” he says, calling for an end to Israel’s military control over those areas. “Military and security solutions are not the answer. They can never bring peace.”

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