Jordan: Annexation will have 'grave consequences'

Jordan’s Foreign Minister warns application of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria would have a dire effect on Jordanian-Israeli relations.

Elad Benari ,

Ayman Safadi
Ayman Safadi
Reuters

Jordan’s Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, on Tuesday warned Israel against applying sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, saying that such a move would be a blatant violation of international law and would have a dire effect on Jordanian-Israeli relations.

“We unequivocally warn against the grave consequence of annexation on the quest for regional peace and on Jordanian-Israeli relations,” Safadi said in an emailed statement quoted by Bloomberg News.

Peace will not be realized through “annexing one third of occupied Palestine,” he added.

“We stand at a defining crossroads: We either fall deeper into the abyss of conflict and hopelessness. Or we save the peace that is a regional and an international necessity,” Safadi said.

He stressed that an Israeli sovereignty move will not go unanswered, adding that peace is a strategic choice for the Palestinians and for all Arabs. Any other scenario is a threat to peace, and to all in the region, Safadi said.

“We will do all it takes to protect our interests -- the two-state solution, the emergence of an independent, viable Palestinian state on its basis, is a national Jordanian interest,” he concluded.

The coalition agreement between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, which stipulates that the government can apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria this coming July, has caused an uproar in the Arab world.

Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz recently threatened that the kingdom would review its relationship with Israel if the Jewish state goes ahead with the sovereignty move.

Razzaz’s comments came days after Jordan's King Abdullah II warned that if Israel goes through with the sovereignty move, “it would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan".



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