Israel stresses its ties with Jordan are important to both countries as tensions rise

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

File: Jordan's Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh attends a Ramadan Iftar reception at Al-Bateen Palace in Abu Dhabi on April 18, 2023. (Rashed AL-MANSOORI / UAE's Ministry of Presidential Affairs / AFP)
File: Jordan's Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh attends a Ramadan Iftar reception at Al-Bateen Palace in Abu Dhabi on April 18, 2023. (Rashed AL-MANSOORI / UAE's Ministry of Presidential Affairs / AFP)

After Jordan’s prime minister says any attempt to push Palestinians out of the West Bank or Gaza would be considered “an act of war,” Israel stresses that its relations with Jordan are of “strategic importance.”

“Israel is fighting a murderous terrorist organization that poses a danger to the entire region,” tweets Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lior Haiat. “Israel’s relations with Jordan are of strategic importance to both countries and we regret the inflammatory statements from Jordan’s leadership.”

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