(March 4, 2020 / JNS) Relations between Jordan and Israel are at their lowest ebb since the signing of the 1994 peace treaty between the two countries, and the treaty itself is now “at risk,” Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said on Monday.
“Today, we are at the lowest level in the relationship that has been since signing the peace treaty,” he said in an interview with CNN. “The peace treaty can go into a deep freeze mode, and therefore it is definitely at risk.”
According to Razzaz, Jordan is angry about Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley, and parts of Judea and Samaria, as set forth in the U.S. “Peace to Prosperity” plan, in addition to Israeli “violations of the sanctity of Muslim and Christian endowments in Jerusalem.”
In January, Jordan’s King Abdullah told France 24 News that Israel’s relationship with his country “has been on pause for the past two years,” a predicament he said was likely due to Israel’s unsolved election issues.
“Because of the electioneering season, which has unfortunately taken a long time, there have been no bilateral communications or movement,” he said. “We hope that the Israeli people will decide on a government sooner rather than later, and then we could all see how to move forward.”
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