Jordan parliament to review peace agreement with Israel over Gaza war
Jordan's parliament on Monday unanimously voted to review agreements signed with Israel, as the kingdom looks to take more concrete action against Israel's indiscriminate war on Gaza, which is now in its 39th day.
Parliament Speaker Ahmad al-Safadi called on the Legal Committee in the House of Representatives - Jordan's lower house - to review the agreements and present its recommendations to the government.
These include reviews of the 1994 peace treaty with Israel and a controversial 2016 gas deal involving Israel.
Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi said his country was doing all it can to end the war in Gaza.
"We are doing everything we can, and everything that can contribute to ending the war, bringing aid into Gaza, achieving a truce, and protecting civilians, and we will take all the steps that contribute to achieving that," he said.
"Jordanian diplomacy has never been so active, and for a good reason, too. What happens in Gaza could very well be repeated in the West Bank, forcing millions to seek refuge in Jordan"— The New Arab (@The_NewArab) November 5, 2023
Why Jordan is hardening its stance on Israel's war on Gaza: https://t.co/KEd6CikaAy
Relations between Israel and Jordan have been tense in recent years due to ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel earlier this month to protest the indiscriminate bombardment of the Gaza Strip, which has targeted schools and hospitals and killed over 11,000 people, mostly women and children, since 7 October.
Israel has vowed to wipe out Hamas in response to the 7 October attacks, which Israeli authorities say killed 1,200 people. Hamas also took more than 240 people hostage.
There has been growing global outrage over Israel's retaliatory attacks in Gaza - which have killed civilians rather than fighters - with increasing calls for an immediate ceasefire.