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U. S. reacts as Jordan's King Abdullah warns of ‘massive conflict’ with Israel if West Bank annexed

 Jordanian monarch, King Abdullah II
The U.S. State Department reacted to the statement credited to the Jordanian monarch, King Abdullah II, who said that Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank will undoubtedly lead to a “massive conflict” between them and the Hashemite Kingdom.

Jordanian King warned Israel against annexing the West Bank region this Summer, stating that this move will undoubtedly lead to a massive conflict between them and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

King ‘Abdullah said: “What would happen if the Palestinian National Authority collapsed? There would be more chaos and extremism in the region. If Israel really annexed the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.”

The Jordanian King said he does not want to make threats towards Israel, but should they move forward with the annexation, his country will not idly by. 

“I don’t want to make threats and create an atmosphere of loggerheads, but we are considering all options. We agree with many countries in Europe and the international community that the law of strength should not apply in the Middle East,” he added.

State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus on Friday said “the United States has close ties with Jordan. We know that Jordan plays a special role in the Middle East, especially its relationship with Israel.”  “What we hope for Israel and Jordan is that they will have a strong relationship not only at the security level, but also at the diplomatic and economic levels,” Ortagus said.

“Of course we understand that the King expressed his concern today, and it is precisely for this reason that we believe it is important to return to President Trump’s vision of peace and bring all parties to the negotiating table to work towards achieving this peace plan.”She said

On Israeli plans to annex part of the West Bank, Ortagus said that discussions on this issue should take place between Israel and the Palestinians as part of the peace process. She declined to respond directly to the question whether Washington gave a “green light” for Israel to annex parts of the West Bank.

The last major conflict between Jordan and Israel took place during the Six-Day War of 1967 where the Arab troops were defeated and Israel occupied most of the territories that are in question today.

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