Mossad Chief Visited Jordan to Deliver Message From Netanyahu on Annexation

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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When asked by the German newspaper Der Spiegel if the move would freeze the peace treaty with Jordan, Abdullah said "I do not want to jump to statements and threats, and I will not prepare the ground for confrontation, but we are studying all the options and formulating understandings with many European countries and the international community."

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."