Report: Jordan king shuns Netanyahu 'until further notice'

King Abdullah, allegedly fuming over Israel's 'provocative' demeanor on Temple Mount, has said relationship with Israel is at risk.

King Abdullah refuses to speak to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu until further notice, the London-based Arab newspaper Rai Al-Youm reported on Wednesday, citing sources in Amman.



The report said that the reason for the king's could shoulder is the recent violence on Temple Mount.


The London-based Arab newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi also reported that the Jordanian Foreign Ministry has rejected messages from Jerusalem, which it called "misleading."


Last year, during similar unrest in Jerusalem's Holy Basin, Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel after expressing its grave dismay to the Israeli ambassador.


King Abdullah of Jordan (AP)
King Abdullah of Jordan (AP)


According to Rai Al-Youm, Jordan has decided to change tactics and now lobbies forcefully for a UN Security Council resolution rebuking Israel's conduct.


King Abdullah has stepped up its rhetoric recently, saying after a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron that unless Israel changes course, its bilateral relations with Jordan will be damaged.


The message was echoed by the holder of the Palestinian portfolio in the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, who told the Hamas-affiliated newspaper Al-Risala that unless Israel changes its ways, they will take increased diplomatic steps against it. He didn't rule out expelling the Israeli ambassador.


Earlier this week, King Abdullah met with Arab-Israeli lawmakers and vehemently condemned Israel.


"Al-Aqsa Mosque is for Muslim worship only," he said, and rejected the idea of sharing it with other religions.

Israel's "provocative" policy of "Judaizing" Jerusalem's holy places will bear grave consequences for the entire region, he added.


Also on Thursday, a senior Jordanian official told the London-based Arab newspaper Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed that Jordan had stopped importing Israeli goods, chief among them potatoes, citing "defects" to the crops.


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