Ziv Moyal
Israel-Jordan relations continue to sour following embassy incident
Jordan considers 'diplomatic options' in dealing with embassy incident, including lodging complaints with the US and attempting to torpedo hopes of rapprochement between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Jordan is considering "diplomatic options" in dealing with the Israeli embassy incident in Amman, according to Jordanian government officials. The kingdom's decision is reportedly based on Israel's commitment to handle the matter through legal channels.



Israel has already begun to make good on this commitment, with the State Attorney's Office asking police on Friday to open an investigation into the shooting at the behest of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.


Photo: AFP (Photo: AFP)
Photo: AFP


Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed Al Momani told Reuters on Friday that the Israeli move was a step in the right direction, but Jordan still expected a full and orderly legal inquiry, as required by international law.


In an interview with Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad, Jordanian government officials indicated that they had been updated on the police investigation and are closely following developments.


Separately, Jordanian newspaper Rai al-Youm claimed Sunday morning that Jordan has undertaken a tripartite offensive against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Protests against Israel in Amman
Protests against Israel in Amman


The plan began first with giving detailed information to President Trump about Netanyahu's handling of the embassy affair and how he tried to influence public opinion. This in turn will be followed by pressure exerted by King Abdullah's surprise trip to Ramallah on Monday.


However, the third part of the plan—and the most important according to the report—is Jordan's intention to relay a message to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman warning him of an "Israeli plot to spoil the cards."


Such a message comes at a sensitive time when rumors of clandestine rapprochement between Israel and Saudi Arabia abound.


Making matters more complicated, King Abdullah II is expected to meet with Jordanian legislators on Sunday after 82 members of parliament signed a memorandum calling on the government to close the Israeli embassy in Amman and recall Jordan's ambassador to Israel.


פרסום ראשון: 08.06.17, 08:55
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