In a recent statement, Jordan's Foreign Minister has voiced strong criticism against Israel's actions, stating that they are eroding the trust necessary for achieving lasting peace in the Middle East. The minister's concerns center on Israel's policies and practices, many of which are considered detrimental to the ongoing peace process. These actions are seen as counterproductive to the concerted efforts made towards establishing stable and harmonious relations in the region.
Displacement of Palestinians: A Red Line
Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh has referred to the displacement of Palestinians as a red line, wholly contravening the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel. This treaty includes a key provision against forced population movements. Khasawneh warns that any such displacement would not only dissolve the Palestinian issue but also pose a threat to Jordan’s national security. He stands firmly with Egypt in its rejection of displacing Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, fearing a dangerous precedent of forced removal in the West Bank.
Attempts to Alter Status Quo in Al-Aqsa Mosque
Prime Minister Khasawneh has also issued warnings against any attempt to alter the status quo in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which Jordan considers another red line. He stressed that crossing this line would have serious consequences. Amidst ongoing Israeli military operations in Gaza, Khasawneh revealed that Jordan is exploring alternatives for securing its supply of liquefied natural gas in case its supply from Israel is halted.
United States Veto of UN Resolution
The United States recently vetoed a United Nations resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza. This resolution was backed by nearly all other Security Council members and dozens of other nations. The US's isolated stand reflects the growing divergence between Washington and some of its closest allies over Israel’s ongoing bombardment of Gaza. France and Japan were among the nations supporting the call for a cease-fire.
Reflecting the escalating tensions, Jordan has decided not to proceed with a water and energy deal with Israel due to the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi stated that Israel was driving the entire region into a turbulent situation, which has resulted in a hostile environment that hinders normal and peaceful relations. Safadi added that as long as the violence continues, the Jordan-Israel peace treaty will remain irrelevant.