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Labor leader Gabbay meets with Jordan's King Abdullah

The King hosted the Zionist Union Chairman in his palace in Amman.

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The king of Jordan, Abdullah II, took time Monday to meet with the leader of the Zionist Union, Avi Gabbay.

A press release from the Hashemite Kingdom said that the two men discussed developments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.“King Abdullah stressed the need to revive the peace process, based on the two-state solution, and in accordance with international law and relevant UN resolutions, as well as the Arab Peace Initiative, leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side with Israel, in peace and security,” the statement said.

Gabbay’s spokeswoman said that in the meeting, he expressed his commitment to advancing peace between Israel and Arab countries in the region, based on the two-state solution. The spokeswoman said Gabbay told the king the two-state solution is the best way to guarantee long-term peace and security for Israel.

“Gabbay also expressed his deep appreciation for the peace between the two countries and thanked the king for his consistent efforts to advance stability in the region,” she added.

Abdullah’s office said he affirmed that the subject of Jerusalem must be settled within the framework of final status issues, on the basis of the two-state solution, and underlined that Jordan would continue undertaking its historical role in safeguarding Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

Abdullah hosted Gabbay despite polls indicating that the Zionist Union would win only 12 seats in the next election, and if former IDF chief Benny Gantz headed a new party, only 10. A Midgam poll broadcast on Channel 2 found that only four percent of Israelis believe he is the most fit candidate to be prime minister.Gabbay advisers Tomer Lotan and Stephen Miller attended the meeting.

By Gil Hoffman

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