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Biden looks to help get Jordan-Israel ties back on track

King Abdullah II will be the first Arab leader to meet with US President Joe Biden on July 19.
Jordanian King Abdullah meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (unseen) at Bayt al-Urdon, Amman, Jordan, May 26, 2021.

Jordan and Israel, with US backing, are looking to reset bilateral ties after more than a decade of a roller-coaster diplomatic ride that saw relations, under former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reach rock-bottom levels. But even as a new coalition government took over in Israel June 13, it took the new premier, Naftali Bennett, almost a month to reach out to Jordan's King Abdullah.

According to Israeli media, Bennett paid a secret visit to Amman in the first week of July — a specific date was not mentioned — that would have made it the first meeting between the king and an Israeli prime minister in three years.

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