Lower House calls on gov’t to expel Israeli envoy to Amman

Smotrich’s actions constitute ‘violation’ of peace treaty, speaker says

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AMMAN — On Wednesday, the Lower House voted on a recommendation to the government to expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman following statements by Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich described by the government as “extremist and inflammatory”, and his use of a map of Israel including within its borders Jordan and the occupied Palestinian Territories.اضافة اعلان

Lower House Speaker Ahmed Al-Safadi said during a Lower House session: "We call on the government to take effective measures towards the Israeli government's finance minister for using an alleged map of Israel including the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the occupied Palestinian Territories," Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

"This is cannot be tolerated, and constitutes a violation" of the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel signed in 1994, and of international norms, Safadi said.

‘Rejection and condemnation’The Lower House session witnessed outrage over the statements of the Israeli minister, and MPs expressed their “rejection and condemnation of such statements that express extremist Zionist thought," according to Al-Mamlaka.

The session turned from a legislative discussion into a public debate, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee called for a review of the peace treaty signed between Jordan and Israel.

Urging a clear government stanceIn a statement issued on Wednesday, the committee called Smotrich’s behavior “unacceptable and a violation of international norms and the peace agreement between Jordan and Israel," adding that it considered the Israeli minister’s statements “a reckless act of incitement”. 

“This behavior will not harm Jordan, and will not detract from the rights of our brotherly Palestinian people to self-determination and an independent state," the statement said.

The committee called on the government to "take a clear stance regarding these irresponsible statements and reconsider the peace treaty between the two countries"

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