Jordanian King Jordan Points to Israeli ‘War Crimes’ as Primary Cause of Regional Tensions

Jordan accused Israel of committing “war crimes” against Palestinians, causing increased regional tension and violence in the Red Sea, which it said could lead to a broader conflict in the Middle East.

Israel, engaged in fighting Hamas in the Gaza Strip since October, has denied allegations of war crimes.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi criticized the international community for not intervening to stop Israeli “aggression” against Palestinians, which he claimed was jeopardizing regional security. His comments came after the United States and Britain launched strikes against Houthi military targets in response to attacks on ships in the Red Sea.

In remarks carried by state media, Safadi stated, “The Israeli aggression on Gaza and its continued committing of war crimes against the Palestinian people and violating international law with impunity is responsible for the rising tensions witnessed in the region.”

Smoke rises during an explosion in central Gaza, as seen from Israel’s border with Gaza in southern Israel, January 9, 2024 (credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)

Safadi emphasized the close connection between the stability and security of the region, urging the international community to act to prevent further conflict.

He warned that Israel’s actions could lead to a regional war that threatens world peace if not addressed promptly.

Safadi accused Israel of attempting to open new fronts and pushing the region towards more conflict and claimed that its military actions in Gaza met the legal definition of genocide.

Israel rejected accusations from South Africa at the U.N.’s top court that its military operation in Gaza amounted to a state-led genocide campaign against the Palestinian population.

It asserted that its forces adhere to international law while fighting Palestinian militants in densely populated civilian areas in Gaza.