Obama and Jordan’s Abdullah: bring hope to Israelis and Palestinians

President Barack Obama and King Abdullah of Jordan at a previous White House meeting in April 2013. Credit: Pete Souza/White House.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) At a White House meeting on Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah II discussed the ongoing wave of Palestinian terrorism against Israelis.

Obama said Abdullah played a vital role in “reducing some of the immediate sources of tension around the Temple Mount.”

“We continue to agree that it’s important for us to provide both sides a sense of possibility and hope, and not simply despair. That’s hard to do. And so we have explored ideas in terms of how we can make progress,” said Obama.

The president praised Abdullah as a “voice of reason and moderation and tolerance for all the parties concerned in this issue,” adding, “We very much appreciate his partnership in the process.”

Referring to the current tensions between Israel and the Palestinians, Abdullah similarly said, “These are obviously challenging times, but hope is something that we have to bring both sides.”

Posted on February 25, 2016 .