Gantz Calls Jordan's Alleged Coup Attempt 'An Internal Issue'

Defense minister says Israel will do everything in its power to preserve alliance with Jordan

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Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz last week in Ramat Gan.
Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz last week in Ramat Gan.Credit: Moti Milrod

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Sunday that the alleged plot to unseat Jordan's King Abdullah in which former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein was detained, is an "internal issue."

About 20 people, including associates of King Abdullah II, were arrested by Jordanian authorities Saturday on suspicion of plotting to unseat the monarch. 

The former crown prince said in a video recording released on Saturday that he was under house arrest, and claimed the regime was attempting to silence him from criticizing corruption.   

“This is a Jordanian internal matter. Jordan is a country of peace, a neighbor and is of great strategic importance," Gantz said.

Israel "must do everything possible to preserve this alliance, which has existed for more than 30 years now," he added. "A strong and prosperous Jordan is in our security, diplomatic and economic interests. We need to do everything possible to help Jordan in the fields of economy and health."

"They have many coronavirus-related challenges and I'm in favor of Israel helping them wherever possible. This is not only my decision, it’s also the prime minister’s decision," Gantz said in reference to Benjamin Netanyahu.

King Abdullah II of Jordan in December speaking at the Jordanian parliament.Credit: Yousef Allan / AP

"But I am very hopeful that the Prime Minister's Office and the National Security Council will offer all possible assistance to Jordan with regard to internal developments there. As I have said, this is an internal matter that I suggest we not deal with."

King Abdallah II has received public support from leaders across the region, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Lebanon, as well as the U.S. State Department.

In stark contrast, Netanyahu has been notoriously quiet. Relations between Israel and Jordan have been hostile in recent weeks amid a very public diplomatic spat between Netanyahu and King Abdullah. 

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