Daily Israel Report

Jordan's King Warns Netanyahu Against Ground Operation

Jordan’s King Abdullah II telephones Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and warns against a ground operation in Gaza.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/21/2012, 5:12 AM

Jordan's King Abdullah II
Jordan's King Abdullah II
AFP/File

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Tuesday warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against a ground operation in Gaza.

According to the official Jordanian Petra news agency, the King spoke over the phone with Netanyahu and warned of the danger of the deteriorating situation in Gaza and the serious implications on the security and stability of the region.

During the call, the report said, King Abdullah stressed the need to stop all forms of escalation and to open the way for diplomatic efforts of all parties to reach calm, and build on them to support peace efforts in the region.

He later held a telephone conversation with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, Petra reported, in which the King urged the international community to intensify its efforts to stop all forms of escalation, stressing that the continuation of escalation would fuel tension in the Middle East and affect its security and stability.

The King and Morsi reportedly agreed to maintain coordination and consultation with various regional and international parties to stop the escalation in the region.

King Abdullah’s phone calls were part of an ongoing diplomatic effort to achieve a ceasefire, as the IDF continues Operation Pillar of Defense.

As part of those efforts, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Israel on Tuesday night for meetings with officials.

Clinton and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made statements to the press shortly before they met one on one.

“President Obama asked me to come to Israel with a very clear message. America’s commitment to Israel’s security is rock solid and unwavering. That is why we believe it is essential to de-escalate the situation in Gaza,” Clinton said.

“The rocket attacks from terrorist organizations inside Gaza on these (Israeli) cities and towns must end and a broader calm restored," she added.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also arrived in Israel on Tuesday, meeting with Netanyahu as well with President Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was also in Israel on Tuesday, and told Netanyahu, "I’m here to underline that Germany stands by our friends in Israel, and Israel has every right to defend itself and protect their own citizens against these missile attacks from Gaza into your country, Prime Minister. Of course we now have to consider and discuss how a cease-fire is possible. But there is one key condition for everything else, and that is the stop of the missile attacks against Israel.”

Throughout the day there were rumors that a ceasefire was imminent, but Gaza’s Hamas terrorist rulers said on Tuesday evening that the ceasefire was off.

According to Izat a-Rishk, a spokesperson for the Hamas government, there would be no ceasefire until Wednesday at the earliest, because Israel had rejected Hamas' conditions for a ceasefire.