TEL AVIV, (BM) – Former Israeli diplomat Ilan Baker said that if Jordan is dissatisfied with Tel Aviv’s position to annex territories located on the West Bank of the Jordan River and threatens to break the peace treaty, the king of this Middle Eastern country could risk and declare war on Israel.
As it turned out, the leader of the kingdom has already made such a statement, threatening to strike at the territory of the Jewish state in case of the slightest aggression.
A retired Israeli diplomat, Ilan Baker, who was involved in drafting a peace agreement with Jordan, said the Kingdom has no legal opportunity to cancel the agreement with Israel if it does not wage war with it. He explained in a document published by the Jerusalem Center for Public and Government Affairs in Israel that “peaceful relations between the two countries are provided for in article 2 of the peace treaty and include the mutual recognition of sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the political independence of both parties.
“The peace treaty does not have an expiration date, and it can only be canceled by aggressive action or declaration of war by one of the parties, which means that the essence of the agreement will be canceled. It is highly doubtful that Jordan has any interest in taking such a step, especially since the annexation in the West Bank, even if it is unilateral, does not constitute an act of aggression against its sovereignty or territorial integrity. Moreover, since Jordan ruled the West Bank from 1948 to 1967, the peace agreement expressly states that it does not apply to the West Bank” Baker said in a statement.
Analysts say that Israel’s self-confidence may be the reason for a new full-scale military conflict in the Middle East, which, in addition to Israel and Palestine, could engage countries such as Jordan, Iran and Lebanon, which could be a very big problem for Tel Aviv.
“The situation at the moment is such that only the Palestinians have enough unguided missiles to crush Israeli air defense. Where Lebanon, Iran and Jordan have great opportunities, and this can serve as a good slap for Tel Aviv, which is pursuing a policy of occupation,” the analyst notes.
We recall that against the background of the start of the annexation of Samaria and Judea, the king of Jordan threatened on May 15 Tel Aviv with a full-scale war, despite the position of the rest of the world community.
In an interview published last Friday by the German daily Der Spiegel, Abdullah insisted that a two-state solution was “the only way forward” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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