In a recent statement, the Foreign Minister of Jordan, Ayman Safadi, underscored the futility of military endeavors in resolving the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Safadi stated emphatically that such actions will not guarantee security for Israel. Instead, he insisted on the urgent need for lasting peace, marking a continuation of Jordan's historic role as a mediator in Middle Eastern conflicts and its commitment to its peace treaty with Israel.
Emphasizing Peace over War
Safadi highlighted the necessity for a comprehensive plan for Palestinian statehood, encompassing Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. This statement came in the wake of the United States vetoing a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. This veto was met with criticism from Safadi and echoed growing global concerns about the rising civilian death toll.
United States' Controversial Stance
The United States' veto was a contentious decision, blocking international calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza. Israeli forces, meanwhile, intensified attacks in the northern and southern Gaza Strip, leading to dozens of arrests. This veto marked the sixth attempt by the 15-member group to reach a consensus on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Regional Reactions and Future Implications
Foreign ministers of Arab and Islamic nations expressed their objections to the US veto, urging the US to assume its responsibilities and take necessary measures to push Israel towards an immediate ceasefire. The US stance was also condemned by Arab and Islamic nations, who voiced their unified rejection of the Israeli aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza.
In a bid to bridge the gap between Arab and European countries, Safadi called for a meeting of Mediterranean officials. He emphasized the need for a humanitarian pause in Gaza to become a permanent ceasefire and expressed Jordan's rejection of the possibility of Palestinians leaving Gaza, highlighting the critical importance of preventing displacement.
The minister's remarks underscore a broader regional concern for stability and security and resonate with the belief that dialogue and peace negotiations are essential for resolving the issues at hand.