In protest over Israel’s shelling of Gaza, Jordan said on Wednesday that it has summoned its envoy from Israel and told the Israeli ambassador to leave, citing the assaults’ deaths of innocent people and catastrophic humanitarian effects.
Only if Israel stopped its war on the enclave and resolved “the humanitarian crisis it has caused” would the ambassador go back to Tel Aviv. Israel’s ambassador to Jordan, according to Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, will only be permitted to return under the same restrictions.
Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi stated that the ambassador would not go back to Tel Aviv unless Israel ceased its conflict on the enclave and resolved “the humanitarian crisis it has caused.”
In a statement reported by state media, Safadi stated, “This is to express Jordan’s stance that rejects and condemns the Israeli war on Gaza, which kills innocents and is causing an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.”
According to Safadi, the decision was also made because Israel was denying the Palestinians access to food, water, and medication after it had laid siege to the enclave in response to Hamas’ catastrophic attack on Israel on October 7.
The minister stated that the Israeli ambassador to Jordan, who departed two weeks ago due to protests, would only be permitted to return under the same restrictions.
According to Safadi, Jordan was stepping up diplomatic efforts to put pressure on Israel to terminate the war, which posed “dangerous risks” of the conflict extending throughout the region and endangering international peace.
In a nation where pro-Palestinian sentiment is strong, many Jordanians have organized demonstrations demanding that the Israeli embassy be closed and that the unpopular peace treaty between Israel and Jordan from 1994 be abandoned.