World Media

Jordan's King Abdullah makes rare visit to Palestinian President Abbas in Ramallah

Jordan's King Abdullah makes rare visit to Palestinian President Abbas in Ramallah

Washington must establish a clear position regarding the establishment of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders, Palestinians said after President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II concluded a meeting as part of the Jordanian monarch's visit to Ramallah on Monday. Abdullah and Abbas also reportedly discussed the recent Temple Mount crisis and broader regional developments. The shrine is among the most sacred sites for each religion.

Addressing the huge gathering of Palestinian worshippers, the preacher of the al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Mohammad Salim, condemned the passive stances of some Arab and Muslim states on the Israeli aggression against the holy mosque.

A former Israeli ambassador to Jordan said that "Israel is now paying the price of the childish and provocative behavior that Netanyahu did when he received the security officer at the embassy with laughter and joke, even though he killed Jordanian citizens in cold blood".

The electronic security devices were viewed by Muslims as an Israeli encroachment on their sovereignty over the site, which includes the Dome of the Rock. Israel said the measures were needed to prevent further attacks, but the Palestinians viewed them as a step to taking over the mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.

Original Godzilla suit actor, Haruo Nakajima, passes away at 88
Enjoy this little silent home movie of Nakajima putting the suit on one last time for a promotional photoshoot in the early '80s. In 2010, he published an autobiography, entitled Monster Life: Haruo Nakajima , the Original Godzilla Actor .

In January, US President Donald Trump came to power promising to push Israelis and Palestinians towards a peace deal, raising brief hopes among Palestinians that his unconventional approach could achieve results.

Tarnopolsky is a special correspondent.

However, according the Palestinian Affairs expert Pinhas Inbari, from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, there are also differences between the king and Abbas.

Jordan's king flew by helicopter to the West Bank in 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.

A Partial Lunar Eclipse Will Be Visible Tonight in China
The path of totality is a relatively thin ribbon, around 70 miles wide, that will cross the USA from West to East. Another pair of eclipses occurred last February and another pair will occur in January / February of 2018.

Palestinian officials repeatedly said that Israel might be interested in changing the status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli police say an investigation into the deaths is being conducted. According to Petra, he "confirmed the importance of working with the USA administration to move the peace process and relaunch serious and efficient negotiations based on the two state solution".

Abdullah "stressed the importance of intensifying efforts to create real political prospects for progress toward resolving the conflict", the report said.

Members of Congress rush to greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he leaves the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, after lobbying Congress to kill a peace plan with Iran at all costs.

Don't let an eclipse blind you to scams
They fear many may choose to just stop on the shoulder or in the middle of major highways as the sun disappears behind the moon. A large amount of scientific data is generally collected during a solar eclipse, and this one is no different.

Jordan wanted to question the guard, but Israel said he had diplomatic immunity.