Jordan-Israel summit ‘a test for the Middle East peace process’


A summit of the two countries on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly will have been overshadowed by the crisis in Syria and the war in Yemen, with some observers wondering whether the summit could even happen at all.

Ahead of the meeting, the Arab League condemned the Syrian government’s brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters and called for an end to the bloodshed.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Naftali Bennett also urged the two sides to “take all necessary measures to avoid a repeat of the tragic events in Syria.”

The Israeli-Arab peace summit, scheduled for Monday, was postponed due to the war and protests in Syria, which the United States and Israel have been supporting with airstrikes.

The Arab League has called for the Syrian opposition to withdraw from the conflict.

Jordan is Jordan’s main Arab ally and has an estimated 200,000 troops stationed in Syria.

The Syrian war has left more than 240,000 people dead and nearly two million refugees, according to UN figures.

Jordan has also suffered a number of casualties, with several soldiers and civilians killed.

Jordan has a population of about 200,0000, according a United Nations report released in April.