The jury is still out on the degree of success of Vice President Pence’s visit to the Middle East, but perhaps we are getting a glimpse in statements made by Jordan’s King Abdullah at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland.
Pence met with King Abdullah a few days ago and that meeting was thought to be critical in soothing smoldering emotions following President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (See What Pence Needs to do in Jordan) Apparently Pence was at least somewhat successful in drawing the Jordanians back to deeper levels of trust.
Jordan is home to many Palestinians, and are very supportive of a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, according to the armistice lines of 1967. President Trump’s announcement left Jordan in a tough spot, needing to stand for what they believe is best for their people, yet remaining friendly allies with the US.
At the World Economic Forum, King Abdullah stated:
- “We cannot have a peace process or peace solution without the role of the United States.”
- That Arab leaders must “reserve judgement” on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict because the Americans have not come out with their peace plan.
- “The subject of Jerusalem has to be part of a comprehensive solution for Israel and the Palestinians.”
- “We’ve been at this for a while and looking at this always as a glass half full. We have to give the Americans the benefit of the doubt.”
The King’s endorsement of America as a player in the peace process is a terrific sign of trust that remains between the Jordanian and American administrations. I believe VP Pence handled the occasion very well. However, this remains a critical relationship that definitely needs our prayer.
For me, 2018 is a year of more concentrated personal prayer, and I have found no lack of ways to be a watchman on the wall, according to Ezekiel 33 and Isaiah 62. Will you join me in praying specifically for a deepening of trust and relationship between the US and Jordan? Thank you!
UPDATE: Here’s a report of Abdullah’s conversation with Lebanese PM Saad Hariri. King Abdullah’s task of educating Arab leaders as to the peace process is not an easy one!