PM to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah after landing in New York for UN summit

Jerusalem and Amman reportedly both sought a face-to-face amid rising violence in West Bank; Lapid also scheduled to sit down with Erdogan and Truss

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Yair Lapid (left) meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II at the Royal Palace in Amman, July 27, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Prime Minister Yair Lapid (left) meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II at the Royal Palace in Amman, July 27, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid touched down at JFK airport in New York on Tuesday ahead of attending the UN General Assembly.

Shortly after his arrival, Lapid’s team confirmed the prime minister would meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah II later Tuesday, amid rising tensions in the West Bank.

Multiple outlets citing unnamed senior officials said both sides were interested in holding the sit-down, as tensions rise in the West Bank. With the Jewish holiday season beginning on Sunday, both Jerusalem and Amman are eager to prevent a repeat of April’s violence in the Israeli capital, when Passover, Ramadan and Easter all coincided.

The face-to-face will be the second meeting between the leaders. Lapid held his first meeting with Abdullah as premier in July at the Royal Palace in Amman. Though Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty and established full diplomatic relations in 1994, ties have been tense in recent years, with the countries often clashing over matters regarding holy sites and the Palestinians.

Aside from Abdullah, Lapid was also slated to meet on Tuesday with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Composite image shows Prime Minister Yair Lapid, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool; AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Lapid will meet with new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss on Wednesday afternoon.

He will also meet with American communal Jewish leaders and will participate in the annual gala of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, an organization that supports troops’ welfare, on Tuesday night.

Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi is also headed to New York, calling his appearance at the UN an opportunity to explain to the world about alleged “malice” that unspecified nations and world powers have toward Iran.

Raisi came under fire on Monday after he said in a “60 Minutes” interview that there were “some signs” the Holocaust happened but suggested the topic needed further investigation.

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