The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made a surprise visit to Amman, the capital of Jordan. He was accompanied by the Head of Mossad, Yossi Cohen. The delegation was received by King Abdallah II.

According to our sources, the talks focussed on the establishment of pro-Iranian sources in the South of Syria and views were exchanged on the proposed US Peace Plan— before the arrival of the US delegation composed of Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt.

Israel and Jordan are looking on with concern at the preparation of an offensive by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies in the South of Syria. The two countries have recognized that there are no Iranian troops in Syria, but only Iranian military advisers. However, their fear is that the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Afghan Shiite militia and the pro-Iranian Iraqis lay down their roots in the region.

Israel and Jordan are trying to align their points of view to block the US Peace Plan. It is likely that they speak with one voice on the principle of a “two state solution”, a solution where the Palestinian State would be Jordan merged with Cisjordan. In this spirit, the two leaders have been examining ways to facilitate transport and trade between Jordan and Cisjordan.

The issue of Jordanian sovereignty over the religious sanctuaries of the Jews, Christians and Muslims of Jerusalem has also been addressed.

Anoosha Boralessa