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Jordan threatens Israel not to annex West Bank

Jordanian King Abdullah II is openly warning Israel against implementing its West Bank annexation plans.

In an interview with the German Der Spiegel magazine, the monarch stressed that the envisioned step by the Jewish State next month would “would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.”

When asked whether such actions would impel Amman to nullify its 1994 peace treaty with Jerusalem, King Abdullah responded that while he does not want to make “threats and create an atmosphere of loggerheads,” he is admittedly “considering all options.”

Israeli media is citing senior government officials speaking on condition of anonymity who say the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is also trying to slow Israeli annexation plans after coming under heavy pressure by Arab Gulf States, who are warning the move could destabilize  the entire region.

Among those condemning the Israeli aspiration, United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash wrote on Twitter that, “any unilateral Israeli move will be a serious setback for the peace process…” and “constitute a rejection of the international and Arab consensus towards stability and peace.”