BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The U.S. State Department commented on the statement from the Jordanian monarch, King Abdullah II, who said that Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank will undoubtedly lead to a “massive conflict” between them and the Hashemite Kingdom and
“The United States has close ties with Jordan. We know that Jordan plays a special role in the Middle East, especially its relationship with Israel,” said State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus on Friday.
“What we hope for Israel and Jordan is that they will have a strong relationship not only at the security level, but also at the diplomatic and economic levels,” Ortagus said.
She added, “Of course we understand that the King expressed his concern today, and it is precisely for this reason that we believe it is important to return to President Trump’s vision of peace and bring all parties to the negotiating table to work towards achieving this peace plan.”
On Israeli plans to annex part of the West Bank, Ortagus said that discussions on this issue should take place between Israel and the Palestinians as part of the peace process.
She declined to respond directly to the question whether Washington gave a “green light” for Israel to annex parts of the West Bank.