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Jordan’s King Abdullah warns of initiating ‘massive conflict’ with Israel if it goes ahead with West Bank annexation  

Amman: ‘Leaders who advocate a one-state solution do not understand what that would mean. What would happen if the Palestinian National Authority collapsed? There would be more chaos and extremism in the region. If Israel really annexed the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Jordan’s King Abdullah II issued a warning of an Israel-Jordan battle in stinging words.  

Last year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced of  establishing  the Jordan Valley as the eastern border. Even the United States President, Donald Trump, had backed his plan. The Middle Eastern, as well as European nations, had however opposed to Israel-US strategy. In a recent development, the European Union (EU) decided to speed up the political action against Israel.   

Given the developments, Jordanian King Abdullah II issued the warning of Israel-Jordan war in an interview to a German weekly. Jordan’s King said, ‘I don’t want to make threats and create an atmosphere of loggerheads, but we are considering all options,’ as he indicated Jordan is prepared to fight a war with Israel.   

Many Middle Eastern nations have still not offered recognition to Israel. Nevertheless, Egypt and Jordan have shown their acknowledgement by making an agreement for peace. Egypt in 1979 while Jordan in 1994, had signed a peace deal with Israel. Jordan’s position on Israel has therefore been much more generous than other Middle Eastern nations. The Jordanian King’s waning has thus raised quite a few eyebrows.  

Jordan had expressed severe displeasure at the US declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the new Israel-Palestine peace deal, and Israel’s announcement for the annexation of the Jordan Valley and other parts. Jordan’s discontent has intensified such that it has now warned Israel of war and may lead to significant consequences in the Middle East. The nations and organisations opposing Israel may support Jordan’s stand on the matter. Resultantly, the backlash against Israel is likely to flare up in the Middle East. 

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