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Jordan Will Review Relations With Israel In Case Of The Annexation Of The Jordan Valley

Jordan Will Review Relations With Israel In Case Of The Annexation Of The Jordan Valley

Jordan condemned Israel's desire to take advantage of the situation when all the efforts of other States are thrown into the fight against the pandemic.

The annexation of part of the Jordan valley to Israel will entail retaliatory steps on the part of Jordan. This was stated on Thursday in an interview with the Agency Petra by the Prime Minister of the Kingdom Omar Razzaz.

"Such a step is unacceptable for us and will force us to review the entire range of relations with Israel," the Jordanian head of government warned. At the same time, he stressed that "he is not going to get ahead of himself and get ahead of the course of events."

Razzaz condemned Israel's desire to take advantage of the situation when all the efforts of other States are thrown into the fight against the coronavirus pandemic to "impose unilateral solutions". "We hope for the development of a consolidated Arab position on this issue and the reaction of the UN, which is responsible for maintaining peace in the Middle East," the Prime Minister said.

On May 15, King Abdullah II of Jordan warned in an interview with the German weekly Der Spiegel that the annexation of the Western part of the Jordan valley would have dangerous consequences and lead to a clash between Israel and Jordan. "I don't want to make threats and increase disagreements, but we are exploring all options [for a response]," the king said. He stressed that the collapse of the Palestinian national authority in Ramallah "will lead to anarchy and the growth of extremism throughout the region."

On April 30, the Arab League (LAS) called on the "Quartet" of international mediators on the Middle East (EU, UN, Russia, and the US) to hold an urgent meeting to preserve the chances of peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis. The Arab LEAGUE's appeal came in response to Israel's plans to annex the Jordan valley and the North of the Dead sea, as well as a number of areas where Jewish settlements are located.

Last December, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention to get Washington to recognize the extension of Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan valley. On January 28, Donald Trump outlined in Washington the key provisions of the so-called deal of the century-the middle East settlement plan, stating, in particular, the US intention to recognize Jewish settlements as Israeli territory.

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