Report: Jordan's King refusing to communicate with Netanyahu

PA news agency reports King Abdullah II is refusing to communicate with Netanyahu over the sovereignty plan.

Elad Benari ,

King Abdullah II
King Abdullah II

Jordanian King Abdullah II is refusing to communicate with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over his government's plan to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria, the Palestinian Authority-based Ma'an news agency reported on Monday.

According to the report, which quoted a Jordanian official, the Kingdom is also eschewing overtures made by Defense Minister Benny Gantz and is refusing to discuss any topic related to the sovereignty plan.

The Jordanian King recently warned Israel against applying sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, saying that if Israel goes through with the sovereignty move, “it would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan".

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

Despite those warnings, a source close to King Abdullah II recently said that the King would not cancel the peace agreement with Israel.

Jordan is one of only two Arab countries, along with Egypt, to have signed a peace deal with Israel. However, many Jordanians still see Israel as an enemy and protest what they view as “normalization” with the Jewish state.

In addition, the country’s parliament, which is made up mostly of Islamists, remains anti-Israel and its members have more than once called to annul the peace treaty.