Mossad Chief Visited Jordan to Deliver Message From Netanyahu on Annexation

Yossi Cohen's visit to the Kingdom comes weeks after King Abdullah said Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank would lead to a major clash

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Mossad chief Yossi Cohen and Benjamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem, May 24, 2020.
Mossad chief Yossi Cohen and Benjamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem, May 24, 2020.Credit: Chaim Tzach / GPO
Chaim Levinson
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Mossad chief Yossi Cohen visited Jordan last week to convey a message from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to King Abdullah II about the West Bank annexation process, which Israel said it would start as early as July 1.

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King Abdullah said last month that if Israel annexed parts of the West Bank this would lead to a major clash with the Kingdom.

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Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi attacked Israel's intention to annex territories in the West Bank a week ago. During a snap visit to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, he said that "if Israel goes ahead with annexation, it will be choosing conflict and escalation instead of peace."

Adding that Jordan will stand alongside the Palestinians, it warned that Israel would "have to deal with the consequences – not just in its relationship with Jordan. It will also be harming regional efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive solution." 

In January, the helm of the Israeli security establishment expressed worry about the future of the relationship between Israel and Jordan. With the presentation of the U.S. administration’s peace plan, and especially given Netanyahu’s intent to annex of the Jordan Valley, the top brass warned against unilateral steps that could influence the future of ties with Amman.

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