Jordan’s Prime Minister Emphasizes Commitment to Peace with Israel despite Gaza Conflict

Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al Khasawaneh has expressed concerns about the potential of increased violence and displacement in the region. He stated that while peace with Israel remains a strategic choice for Jordan, any actions that lead to a mass displacement of populations would pose a significant threat.

The Prime Minister specifically referenced the fear of a large-scale Palestinian exodus across the Jordan River as a result of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. He emphasized that such a situation would be a violation of the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, which was established in 1994.

In addition to the potential humanitarian crisis, Khasawneh highlighted the suspension of regional projects between Jordan and Israel, particularly those involving trade in energy and water. He stated that, given the existing conditions, it is inconceivable for Jordanian ministers to engage in interactions with their Israeli counterparts.

Khasawneh also condemned the violence in Gaza and stressed the need for a political process that would lead to a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. He described this as the only solution to avoid further conflict and regional instability.

The article also mentioned that Israel launched the war to eradicate Hamas after terrorists stormed across the border fence on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people and capturing 240 hostages. The war has driven nearly all Gazans from their homes, some several times, and caused a humanitarian crisis, with food, fuel, and medical supplies running low.