Representatives from the United States and Egypt will also be present at the meeting that aims to “build trust” between Israelis and Palestinians.
An Israeli and Palestinian leadership meeting on “political security” will take place in Jordan on Sunday in an effort to quell recent deadly violence in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Representatives from the United States and Egypt will also attend the conference in the Red Sea resort city of Aqaba.
Speaking to AFP on Saturday under the condition of anonymity, the official said that it aims to “build trust” between Israelis and Palestinians.
Following a raid in the West Bank city of Nablus, which Israel has occupied since the 1967 Six-Day War, on Wednesday, in which Israeli forces killed 11 Palestinians and wounded more than 80 others, the talks will take place.
The death toll was the highest since the United Nations began keeping track of casualties during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, in 2005.
International concern has been sparked by this year’s growing unrest, which follows the deadliest violence in the West Bank since UN tracking began in 2022.
The official from the Jordanian government stated, “The political-security meeting is part of stepped up ongoing efforts by Jordan to end unilateral measures (by Israel) and a security breakdown that could fuel more violence.” These efforts are coordinated with the Palestinian Authority and other parties.
“Security and economic measures to ease the hardships of the Palestinian people” are the goals of the talks, the official said.
Jordan is bound by a peace treaty with Israel, just like Egypt is.
62 Palestinian adults and children, including militants and civilians, have been killed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the beginning of this year.
An AFP count based on official sources from both sides shows that nine Israeli civilians, including three children, a police officer, and one Ukrainian civilian, have been killed during the same time.
Israel was led by a new coalition government that is regarded as the most right-wing in the country’s history at the time of Wednesday’s raid, the latest in a series of deadly military operations in the West Bank by Israel.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the new Israeli prime minister, traveled to Amman in January for a rare meeting with King Abdullah II. According to the royal palace at the time, the monarch emphasized “the need to maintain calm and cease all acts of violence.”
In addition, Abdullah reiterated Jordan’s support for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine to end the occupation that has lasted for decades.
11 Palestinians Killed
During a military raid on the occupied West Bank city of Nablus on Wednesday, Israeli forces wounded more than 100 Palestinians and killed 11 of them, including a child and three elderly people.
Witnesses told reporters that an undercover group was seen in the historic Old City, so more than 60 Israeli military vehicles stormed Nablus around 10 a.m. local time.
Nabeela Suliman, a resident of Nablus, was strolling with her daughter through a market when she heard the sounds of explosions and heard shouts that a significant Israeli incursion had begun.