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Naftali Bennett visits the Israeli president's residence. Photo: Oren Ben Hakoon/AFP via Getty

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited Jordan secretly last week and met with King Abdullah II at his palace in Amman, a former Israeli official tells Axios.

Why it matters: This was the first meeting between the king and an Israeli prime minister in more than five years. It follows a long period of tensions between Abdullah and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and comes as Bennett attempts to reset the relationship.

  • At the top of the meeting, Bennett informed the king that he was prepared to approve a deal for the sale of water from Israel to Jordan, an issue that had proved contentious under Netanyahu, according to the former official.
  • Both Bennett and Abdullah agreed to turn the page and resume normal dialogue, the official says.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment, as did the Jordanian Royal Court and the Jordanian Embassy in Washington.

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Jul 7, 2021 - World

Israel's new prime minister to update Iran policy before Biden meeting

Bennett. Photo: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has launched an Iran policy review to be concluded before his first meeting with President Biden, which is likely to take place in late July, Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: Bennett is in the process of shifting Israeli foreign policy on several fronts, with a particular focus on the Iran file. While Bennett and his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu are both Iran hawks, Bennett is considering taking Israeli policy in a new direction.

Biden to host Jordan's King Abdullah on July 19

King Abdullah II of Jordan. Photo: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

President Biden will host King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House on July 19, the White House announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: Abdullah's visit is Biden's first meeting with an Arab leader at the White House since taking office, according to a palace statement.

Jul 8, 2021 - World

U.S. criticizes Israel over demolition of family home of Palestinian American alleged attacker

The home was imploded by the Israel Defense Forces. Photo: AFP via Getty

The Biden administration has criticized the Israeli military's demolition of a home in the West Bank owned by the family of a Palestinian American accused of carrying out a terror attack in May.

Why it matters: This is the first time since the new Israeli government was formed that the Biden administration has criticized its actions in the West Bank.