Netanyahu, Kerry and King Abdullah Meet in Jordan on Temple Mount Tensions

(Times of Israel) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordan's King Abdullah II met Thursday in Amman, Jordan, to discuss the recent surge of violence in Jerusalem. Kerry issued a statement praising the sides for their commitment to reduce tensions surrounding the Temple Mount. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah a-Sissi was updated on the meeting by phone, Israel Radio reported. Kerry said Netanyahu had "strongly reaffirmed his commitment to uphold the status quo on Temple Mount." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas did not attend the meeting. Kerry said it was "not the right moment" for Abbas and Netanyahu to meet, or for Israel and the Palestinians to come together to renew talks. A senior Israeli government official said that Netanyahu spoke about the urgent need to stop the incitement that was leading to the violence. He said the dissemination of false information about an alleged change to the status quo on the Temple Mount must be stopped, and that the Arab press was publishing reports that were out of touch with reality.

2014-11-14 00:00:00

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