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Jordan’s King Abdullah II speaks during the 28th Ordinary Summit of the Arab League at the Dead Sea, Jordan. (Reuters)

The two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the basis for peace in the Middle East, declared Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the opening of the Arab League summit that is being hosted by the kingdom.

The two-state solution that would be the basis of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal ensures the creation of a Palestinian state.

King Abdullah said the kingdom’s western neighbor Israel was wrecking the chances of peace by accelerating settlement building in occupied Palestinian territory.

“Israel is continuing to expand settlements and wreck chances of peace … There is no peace or stability in the region without a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause through a two-state solution,” the king said.

Arab leaders who are attending the one-day summit on Wednesday will be seeking common ground to reaffirm their commitment to a Palestinian state, a longstanding goal that US President Donald Trump last month put into doubt.

At a White House news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month, Trump indicated he was open to a one-state solution to the conflict.

The Palestinians and Arabs want Arab East Jerusalem – which Israel captured in a 1967 war and later annexed in a move not recognized internationally – as the capital of a future state encompassing the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

King Abdullah said any “unilateral” Israeli move to change the “status quo” in the Dome of the Rock and the Aqsa mosque would have “catastrophic” consequences on the future of the region, inflaming Muslim sentiment.