Report: Jordan’s King Refusing to Answer Netanyahu’s Calls
King Abdullah of Jordan is refusing to answer calls from Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as the two countries continue to clash over Israel’s response to violent Arab rioting on the Temple Mount.
According to Jordanian and Arab press, Channel 2 reports, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry has also declined to accept diplomatic messages of reconciliation from the Prime Minister’s Office in recent days.
Sources in Jordan add that the kingdom has “changed its diplomatic tactics” in response to Israeli actions on the Temple Mount, conducting a “mini-boycott” on the Jewish state.
Trade relations between the two countries have declined significantly in the last week and a half, with fruit and vegetable imports from Israel to Jordan stopping almost completely, according to Arab media.
Jordan has also threatened to recall its ambassador to Israel as well prepare legal documents accusing Israel of breaching the countries’ 1994 peace treaty, which grants the Jordanian Waqf control over the Temple Mount.
According to Jordanian officials, these measures against Israel are part of a plan to direct international attention toward what is happening in Jerusalem as well as to curb Netanyahu’s policies via legal means.
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