Israel has rebuked Jordan’s ambassador over an article by a former top Jordanian diplomat that appeared in a Jordan-based newspaper.
Ambassador Walid Obeidat was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Thursday in connection with the publication in the English-language Jordan Times of an op-ed by former foreign minister Kamel Abu Jaber.
In the op-ed, Abu Jaber, who served as Jordan’s foreign minister from 1991-1993, quoted Adolf Hitler’s "Mein Kampf" in writing about how to manipulate large audiences.
“[In] the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature,” Abu Jaber wrote in quoting Hitler.
The article, titled “The big Zionist lie and the task ahead,” went on to discuss the “Zionist big lie about Palestine — ‘a land without a people’ — that the entire Western world adopted, and the biblical, Talmudic myth of the ‘chosen people.’”
"We Arabs, Jordanians and Palestinians especially, are victims of a torrent of lies by a few international media magnates that every day enter every room of every household, propagating not only sex and violence but also, above all, the Zionist ideas of the extreme right," Abu Jaber wrote.
Quoting an Arab proverb which says “the rope of lies is short,” Abu Jaber wrote: “Hopefully that will prove to be true in the case of Zionism, too, though for that to happen, we need to intensify our efforts in that direction.”
Obeidat was summoned by Aviva Raz Shechter, deputy director- general of the Foreign Ministry’s Middle East Division.
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