Jordan: 'Settlement' Construction Endangers Peace

Jordanian ambassador says that continued Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria would jeopardize peace agreement.

Uzi Baruch ,

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Jordan's ambassador to Israel, Walid Obeidat, warned on Sunday that continued Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria would jeopardize the peace agreement between the two countries.

Obeidat was speaking at an event marking 20 years since the signing of the peace agreement between Jordan and Israel, which was held at the Rabin Center in Tel Aviv.

"All of these actions are inconsistent with international humanitarian law, and if the construction continues, it will eventually jeopardize the agreement between Israel and Jordan," the ambassador said.

"Continued settlement activity and any harm to the status quo in the Muslim holy places endanger the peace agreement," added Obeidat.

The ambassador’s comments come on the heels of reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to end the de facto building freeze in Judea and Samaria.

Channel 2 News reported on Sunday that Netanyahu intends to approve thousands of new housing units and roads at a cost of millions of shekels.

Obeidat’s remarks also come amid tensions over the Temple Mount. Several days ago it was reported that Jordan's King Abdullah II is pressing Israel not to pass a bill allowing Jews to exercise their religious rights and pray on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

Under Jordan's auspices, the site has been the scene of anti-Semitic graffiti, the destruction of Jewish artifacts, and constant violent Arab rioting.

However, the Jordanian envoy in the Palestinian Authority claimed it was Arab residents who were being victimized, saying, "Jordan's foreign minister has sent strongly-worded messages to foreign ministers of member states of the UN Security Council and to the UN demanding an end to the systematic assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and on worshipers."

Asked about Jordan's chances of thwarting Jewish prayer rights on the Mount, he said they would succeed just as Jordanian pressure last month caused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to cancel construction on a second access ramp to the Temple Mount's only gate allowed for non-Muslim entry.

After a recent round of rioting, Netanyahu vowed to "maintain the status quo" on the Mount.