Jordan says may review diplomatic ties with Israel over Gaza invasion

Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab states to have normalised relations with Israel although it still occupies Palestinian territories.

Jordan says may review diplomatic ties with Israel over Gaza invasion
Jordan's prime minister has said his country may review its diplomatic ties with Israel in the wake of the offensive in Gaza, Al Jazeera reported on Monday.

"Jordan will look into all options, including reconsidering relations with Israel," Nader Dahabi told legislators on Sunday.

"There is no way we would remain silent when this threat affects the security of the entire region."

Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab states to have normalised relations with Israel although it still occupies Palestinian territories.

But with public criticism mounting, the government is facing pressure to rethink those diplomatic links.

"No Jewish embassy"

Earlier thousands of students from universities across Jordan marched to the parliament in Amman demanding the freezing of diplomatic relations with Israel and the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador.

Jordan is home to nearly three million Palestinian refugees, the majority of whom have been naturalised as Jordanian citizens but who remain strongly attached to their homeland.

One female student protester told the Reuters news agency that "we'll continue taking to the streets, otherwise we'll be like Egypt that is doing nothing".

The protesters said they would stay on the streets until their demands were met.

On Friday around 60,000 protesters, with some chanting "No Jewish embassy on Arab land", answered an opposition call for a show of support for Hamas.

Agencies
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