Amid reports Abdullah snubbing Netanyahu, Israeli official visits Jordan, calls for dialogue

Times of crisis “cannot be an excuse for not having dialogue,” Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold said on Tuesday at an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) conference in Jordan.

Representatives from 57 OSCE states, plus six Mediterranean partners – Israel, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia – took part in the conference at a hotel on the Dead Sea.

His comments about the need for dialogue come against the backdrop of strained Israeli-Jordanian relations as a result of the Temple Mount-related violence, with persistent reports that King Abdullah II has rebuffed efforts by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak and meet with him about the situation. Last moth Jordan even threatened to recall its ambassador to Israel as a sign of its displeasure.


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