Jordan recalls ambassador over war with Gaza

Jordan on Wednesday recalled its ambassador to Israel and told Jerusalem not to return its ambassador to Amman.


The Jordanian Foreign Ministry’s letter states that the move is in protest of the “raging Israeli war on Gaza, which is killing innocent people and causing an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe, and carries dangerous possibilities for its expansion, which will threaten the security of the entire region and international security and peace.”

Israel declared war on the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza following the slaughter of more than 1,400 persons in Israel on Oct. 7, the wounding of more than 5,000, and the taking of over 200 hostages.

The letter makes no mention of Hamas or the Oct. 7 massacre. It also doesn’t mention the more than 8,000 rockets terrorists in Gaza fired at Israeli civilians since Oct. 7.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said that the return of the ambassadors would be linked to “Israel stopping its war on Gaza.”

Israel’s embassy in Jordan was evacuated at the beginning of the war at the order of Foreign Minister Eli Cohen and his director-general Ronen Levi. Israel also told its citizens to immediately leave Jordan over concerns Jews could be attacked there due to the conflict with Hamas.

Israel denounced as “despicable” a Jordanian resolution the U.N. General Assembly approved on Oct. 27 calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza but making no mention of Hamas or the fact that the Islamist terrorist organization is holding hundreds of hostages in the Strip.

Hamas praised Jordan’s nonbinding resolution and called for its immediate implementation, including the clause calling for the entry of fuel and relief materials into the Gaza Strip.