Jordan says it beefs up army presence along borders with Israel

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan stated on Tuesday the military had beefed up its presence alongside its borders with Israel and warned that any Israeli try to forcibly push Palestinians throughout the Jordan River would symbolize a breach of its peace accord with its neighbour.

Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh stated his nation would resort to “all of the means in its energy” to forestall Israel from implementing any switch coverage to expel Palestinians en masse from the West Financial institution.

The Israel-Gaza battle has stirred long-standing fears in Jordan, residence to a big inhabitants of Palestinian refugees and their descendants. Proper-wing, ultra-nationalist hardliners now within the Israeli authorities have lengthy espoused a Jordan-is-Palestine resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian situation.

Israel has launched an enormous bombardment of the Gaza Strip for the reason that lethal Oct. 7 rampage by the Islamist group Hamas into southern Israel, that has left some 1.7 million of Gaza’s 2.3 million individuals internally displaced

“Any displacements or creating the circumstances that will result in it, Jordan will think about it a declaration of conflict and constitutes a fabric breach of the peace treaty,” state media quoted Khasawneh as saying, referring to the 1994 peace treaty with Israel.

“This could result in the liquidation of the Palestinian trigger and to harming the nationwide safety of Jordan,” Khasawneh added.

Jordan, the second Arab nation after Egypt to signal a peace accord, has had robust safety ties with Israel. However relations have plummeted for the reason that introduction of one of the vital right-wing governments in Israel’s historical past.

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“The peace treaty can be a chunk of paper on a shelf coated with mud if Israel didn’t respect its obligations and violated it,” Khasawneh stated.

Any risk to Jordan’s nationwide safety would “put all choices on the desk”, Khasawneh stated, including that current deployments of troops alongside the borders with Israel had been a part of measures to guard the nation’s safety.

Residents and witnesses have seen massive columns of armoured autos and tanks shifting alongside a predominant freeway resulting in the Jordan Valley reverse the West Financial institution in the previous few days.

Officers say the military was already in a heightened alert for any eventualities.

Khasawneh stated Israeli actions within the West Financial institution may set off wider violence, citing rising Jewish settler assaults on Palestinian civilians for the reason that Oct. 7 assaults.

Washington has additionally urged Israel to curb settler violence, fearing wider battle.

“Israel ought to steer away from any escalation within the West Financial institution… This can be a purple line Jordan will not settle for,” the prime minister added.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis)

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