Jordanian King Abdullah II published a statement on his Facebook page Tuesday, saying that an interview with him by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic was "inaccurate and dishonest."
According to the interview, which was published earlier Tuesday, Abdullah said that his relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has improved and that the latter has contributed to the stability of the Hashemite government.
Jeffrey Goldberg however tweeted that he spoke with royal court officials, who said "they are contesting interpretations of my analysis that they have seen in local and int'l media."
However, according to the statement, The Atlantic article "contained many inaccuracies, so things were taken out of context." The statement added that the "article contains analyses reflected the writer's point of view, the information to his Majesty is inaccurate and dishonest," according to the statement.
"Profiles used by the author in the article have been dropped in a manner contrary to the truth and reality," the statement added.
The Jordanian king stressed in his interview with Goldberg that his country's peace treaty with Israel was a "red line" that must not be crossed by any successive government in Amman: “I don’t want a government to come in and say, 'We repudiate the peace treaty with Israel.'"
Abdullah would not give details to Goldberg about the nature of his relationship with Netanyahu, whom he has met with repeatedly recently, saying only that it was “very strong. Our discussions have really improved.”
The king's remarks to Goldberg came after years of tension with Netanyahu. The two met only twice in the first three years of Netanyahu's recent tenure. Over the last three months, however, Netanyahu has met Abdullah in Amman at least twice to discuss the crisis in Syria and the stalled peace process with the Palestinians.jacky khoury
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