Jordan's Parliament Accuses Israel of 'Terrorism'

Jordan's parliament says Israel is terrorizing the Palestinian people after incident in which Gazans tried to breach the border fence.

Elad Benari ,

Jordanian parliament
Jordanian parliament

The Jordanian parliament on Saturday accused Israel of "state terrorism" against the Palestinian people after Israeli troops shot dead seven Gazans who tried to breach the border fence and infiltrate Israel, AFP reported.

"The Israeli enemy, sapping the rights of the Palestinians on their own lands... and over their holy places, is exercising state terrorism before the eyes of the whole world," parliament charged in a statement carried by state news agency Petra.

The legislators in Jordan, one of only two Arab countries along with Egypt to have a peace treaty with Israel, condemned "the crimes committed by Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza".

After several days of deadly clashes in Judea and Samaria, violence spread Friday to Gaza, where seven Palestinians were killed and 145 wounded in border clashes with the army.

The Palestinian casualties were the result of "barbaric and racist" Israeli military actions that violated international and humanitarian laws, the MPs charged, according to AFP.

They accused the international community of "not lifting a finger to halt these racist and detestable policies that are pushing the region and world towards more violence and instability".

Jordan's Information Minister Mohammed Momani, for his part, warned that the Israeli actions could "destroy all peace efforts in the region".

Despite the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, the Jordanian parliament, which includes Islamists, has remained openly hostile to Israel.

Several years ago, Jordan MPs unanimously demanded the government expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman as a punitive measure after detectives in Israel detained the mufti of Jerusalem on the Temple Mount.

The tension between the two countries has continued recently due to the ongoing Arab riots on the Temple Mount.

The military situation recently spilled over into diplomatic tensions, with Jordan's King Abdullah II reportedly refusing to take Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's calls. 

Jordanian officials also recently met with a delegation of Arab MKs who visited explicitly to discuss Temple Mount issues - namely, to further weaken Israeli sovereignty over the site.