U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) shakes hands with Jordanian King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein before their working luncheon at the State Department in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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Jordan's King Abdullah II will be able to deliver an Arab consensus on Mideast peace when he meets with President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday, after a recent summit hosted by the monarch renewed an Arab offer of recognition of Israel in exchange for Palestinian statehood. Could the revived Arab plan, coupled with Trump's stated eagerness to strike a deal, signal an opening for restarting stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks? Israel has balked, among other things, at the envisioned scope of withdrawal from the lands it captured in 1967 and unsuccessfully sought to renegotiate the initial proposal.With the summit declaration to back his case, Jordan's king will be able to tell Trump that Arab leaders are serious about achieving what Jordan's foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, described as the "historic reconciliation between Israel and the whole Arab world". Trump's international envoy, Jason Greenblatt, told Arab leaders on the sidelines of last week's summit in Jordan that the U.S. president has a personal interest in achieving an Israeli-Palestinian deal and that he believes it is doable.Netanyahu reportedly told Cabinet ministers last week that it's important for Israel to show good will and not be seen by Trump as an obstacle to any U.S. initiative.At the same time, Netanyahu reportedly proposed unilateral Israeli construction limits.
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