Daily Israel Report

Liberman: Jordan's Stability 'Vital' to Israel's Security

Foreign Minister says Israel 'will do everything to maintain the stability of Jordan' following threats from ISIS takeover.
By Tova Dvorin and Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/30/2014, 6:29 PM

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman
Flash 90

The spread of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) through Iraq has not eluded the Jewish state's notice, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) said Monday.

According to Liberman, regional stability is important enough to prompt financial help from Israel to Jordan, if necessary, to prevent ISIS from reaching the Jewish state.  

"Jordan's stability is a vital interest of the State of Israel," Liberman stated, in a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. "Without going into details, we will do everything to maintain the stability of Jordan."

Steinmeier agreed.

"ISIS in Iraq constitutes a serious threat to the territorial integrity of Iraq and the entire region," he said. He urged that the entire international community must work so that "ISIS cannot tighten its grip [on the Middle East] and the caliphate it declared does not turn into a center for terror and violence." 

"We have seen from clashes in the Golan Heights how events in the region can affect the security of Israel," Steinmeier continued. "We must ensure that a solution is found for the internal problems in Iraq, and establish a government that will represent proportionally all communities and factions to detract support for ISIS from the Sunni population." 

On Sunday, former National Security Council director Yaakov Amidror warned against ISIS moving in on Jordan and posing a threat to Israel, adding that if Jordan requested Israeli assistance in preventing its border with Iraq from being overrun by ISIS, Israel would have little choice but to help.

ISIS on Sunday declared it had established a "caliphate", or Islamist state, straddling Iraq and Syria.

The jihadists said the state would spread from Aleppo in northern Syria to Diyala in eastern Iraq, and ordered Muslims in those areas to pay allegiance to the group.

In Syria, ISIS fighters already control large swathes of territory in Deir Ezzor near the Iraq border, in Raqa in the north, as well as parts of neighboring Aleppo province.

In Iraq, they have spearheaded a lightning offensive, capturing sizable territories in the north and west of the conflict-torn country.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also voiced concern over "the powerful wave triggered by ISIS, which could reach Jordan in a very short time" Sunday, in a speech calling for independence for Kurdish Pashmerga forces fighting the terrorist group. 

"We must be able to stop the terrorism and fundamentalism that can reach us from the east at the Jordan line and not in the suburbs of Tel Aviv," he added.