Jor­dan’s king makes rare trip to sup­port Pales­tini­ans

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RA­MAL­LAH, WEST BANK | Jor­dan’s king has flown by he­li­copter to the West Bank — a rare visit seen as a sig­nal to Is­rael that he is clos­ing ranks with the Pales­tini­ans on key is­sues, such as a con­tested Jerusalem shrine.

King Ab­dul­lah II met Mon­day with Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas.

The monarch’s visit comes amid grow­ing Jor­da­nian-Is­raeli ten­sions over the Jerusalem shrine, the third holi­est site of Is­lam and the most sa­cred one in Ju­daism.

The cri­sis erupted when Is­rael in­stalled metal de­tec­tors at the site last month, af­ter Arab gun­men killed two Is­raeli po­lice­men there. The se­cu­rity mea­sures trig­gered Mus­lim protests, and Is­rael even­tu­ally re­moved the de­vices. Mr. Ab­bas sus­pended se­cu­rity ties with Is­rael over the cri­sis.

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