Thousands in Jordan call for end to peace with Israel
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Thousands in Jordan call for end to peace with Israel

In rallies organized by Muslim Brotherhood Friday, protesters nationwide burn Israeli and US flags, demand expulsion of Israeli ambassador

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, meets with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman in 2010 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, meets with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman in 2010 (photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90)

In rallies throughout Jordan on Friday, protesters called for an end to the 1994 peace treaty with Israel and for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Amman.

The demonstrations started after Friday prayers and took place in seven cities across the Hashemite Kingdom, including the capital.

Protesters burned Israeli and American flags, and chanted “death, death to Israel,” and “the people want an end to Wadi Araba (referring to the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty).”

The protests were organized by the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and several youth organizations in response to the recent appointment by King Abdullah II of Fayez Tarawneh as prime minister. Tarawneh briefly served as prime minister in the late 1990s, and he was a key figure in the peace process with Israel.

The prime minister raised the ire of several political and social factions in Jordan recently when he indicated that he would still support the 1994 treaty.

“This is a person who obviously does not respect the people’s will and his words are proof of how out of touch he is with average citizens,” Jamil Abu Baker, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, told DPA.

Most Jordanians consider the peace treaty with Israel a failure. Politicians and government officials in Jordan claim that Israel has not followed through with its obligations under the treaty, specifically regarding water sharing, Amman’s custodianship over holy sites in Jerusalem, and access to the Palestinian territories.

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