We will not send Jordanian soldiers to Gaza to replace Israeli ones — Khasawneh

Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh. (File Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/JNews)
(File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — In a meeting with press representatives on Wednesday Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh said Jordan will not send any military forces to Gaza and will not accept the replacement of an Israeli soldier with a Jordanian one.اضافة اعلان

Furthermore, he stated that Jordan has firmly rejected an Israeli request to withdraw the Jordanian field hospital from Gaza and evacuate its staff. Their rationale is that Israel cannot be held responsible for the hospital's security during the ongoing siege.

In response to potential needs, Jordan may establish a field hospital in the Occupied West Bank and is prepared to send a portion of its strategic wheat reserves to that region.

Meanwhile, he added that Jordan is closely monitoring critical developments in the Gaza conflict and its potential political, economic, and security ramifications. The country has plans in place to elevate its response in the near future.

He also shared that Jordan perceives the situation in Gaza as if it were unfolding on its own borders, rather than on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, due to strategic considerations.

He also stated that it is essential to note that Jordan's stance towards Israel is not driven by public relations or an attempt to appease the Jordanian public and evoke their emotions. Instead, it is grounded in multiple strategic considerations.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi said last Wednesday that Jordan “rejects any talk about post-war management of Gaza, through Arab or non-Arab forces.”  This statement was followed by a report from the Wall Street Journal which said Egypt had rejected a US proposal to manage Gaza’s security temporarily.

According to the newspaper, the Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), William Burns, discussed the proposal with the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and his intelligence chief, Abbas Kamel.

The proposal comes, according to the American newspaper, “so that the Palestinian Authority can assume full responsibility after the defeat of Hamas” in the current war between Israel and the Palestinian movement.

But Sisi rejected the proposal, saying that “Egypt will not play a role in eliminating Hamas because it needs the armed group to help maintain security on the border,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

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