Hours before Jordan's king meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in California, his Islamist opposition at home is staging its largest protest in months to reject a peace deal as a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Hours before Jordan’s king meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in California, his Islamist opposition at home is staging its largest protest in months to reject a peace deal as a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The 1,200 protesters affiliated with Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood have also burned the Israeli flag.

Although Jordan maintains cordial ties with Israel under a 1994 peace treaty, many Jordanians are skeptical of their neighbor’s intentions. Roughly half of Jordan’s population traces its roots to Palestinians displaced in Arab-Israeli wars.

Jordan’s Brotherhood calls for Israel’s annihilation through armed struggle.

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The protesters also demanded Jordan’s King Abdullah II to “revoke the peace treaty with the Zionists.”

Abdullah’s Friday meeting with Obama will focus on Israeli-Palestinian peace, the war in Syria and increased U.S. aid to cash-strapped Jordan.

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