Fiery Rebuke: Jordan's Foreign Minister Unleashes Sharp Criticism on Israel Amid Ongoing Conflict with Hamas

"Jordan's Foreign Minister Condemns Israel's Actions in Gaza as 'Blatant Aggression'"

In a scathing critique, Jordan's Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, lambasted Israel's ongoing war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, labeling it as "blatant aggression" against Palestinian civilians. Speaking at the International Institute for Strategic Studies' Manama Dialogue summit in Bahrain, Safadi accused Israel of committing "war crimes" by blockading Gaza and disrupting essential supplies, including food, medicine, and fuel.

The strong condemnation underscores the strained relations between Israel and Jordan, who had a peace deal in 1994. Safadi emphasized the need for a clear and outspoken response to the "catastrophe" unfolding in the region, stating, "This is not a time for mincing words. This is a time to state facts as they are."

Calling for an immediate cease-fire and an end to the hostilities, Safadi's comments received no immediate response from Israel. However, Brett McGurk, the White House's National Security Council coordinator for the Middle East, suggested that a significant release of hostages could lead to a pause in fighting and a surge of humanitarian relief.

Emphasizing the importance of resolving the hostage situation, Josep Borrell, the European Union's top diplomat, remarked, "It's quite understandable that without the freedom of the hostages, nothing can be solved." In response, Safadi retorted, "Israel is taking 2.3 million Palestinians hostage."

The conflict, sparked by Hamas' unprecedented attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7, has resulted in significant casualties and abductions. The situation remains highly complex and contentious, with regional leaders and international diplomats expressing divergent views on the path to resolution.

"Israel-Hamas Conflict Takes Center Stage at Manama Dialogue Summit"

The Israel-Hamas conflict has seized the spotlight at the annual Manama Dialogue in Bahrain, usually focused on Gulf Arab nations' concerns about Iran. Amid a pounding campaign of airstrikes and a ground offensive by Israel, Palestinian health authorities report over 11,400 deaths, with two-thirds being women and minors. An additional 2,700 are missing, believed buried under rubble. The casualty count doesn't differentiate between civilians and militants, and Israel claims to have targeted thousands of militants.

This shift in focus at the summit comes as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates established diplomatic ties with Israel in 2020. Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa urged a swap between Hamas and Israel for hostages and a halt in the bloodshed, emphasizing the need for a break to allow grieving and reflection on the crisis's root causes.

Jordan's Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, voiced concerns about Israel's apparent aim to dislodge Palestinians from Gaza, seeing it as a direct threat to national security in Jordan and Egypt. He criticized the Israeli government's stance and emphasized that Arab countries wouldn't intervene militarily in Gaza post-war, stating, "We're not going to be seen as the enemy."

Safadi stressed the necessity of a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, despite the long-stalled peace process. He highlighted the uncertainty about Gaza's future and the importance of addressing the root causes of the conflict for a sustainable resolution. The summit's discussions reflect the complexities and regional implications of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

"McGurk Outlines 'Five No's' for the War and Emphasizes Palestinian Role in Diplomacy"

Brett McGurk, the White House’s National Security Council coordinator for the Middle East, outlined what he referred to as "five no’s" for the ongoing Israel-Hamas war: "No forced displacement, no reoccupation, no reduction in territory, no threats to Israel, no besiegement." These principles aim to guide the conflict's resolution and mitigate potential negative consequences.

Regarding efforts for Israel to establish new diplomatic recognition deals with Arab nations, especially Saudi Arabia, McGurk indicated that such endeavors appear to be stalled. He cautioned against overlooking the Palestinian issue in pursuit of broader regional peace, asserting that neglecting this core concern would only lead to disaster. McGurk emphasized that, in the current context, the focus remains on war rather than regional integration or peace initiatives.

Despite the challenges, McGurk stressed the pivotal role of Palestinians in any prospective diplomatic agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia. He asserted that addressing the central issue of the Palestinian question is crucial, especially as efforts are made to degrade Hamas, with a commitment to assisting in addressing these complex challenges.

"In conclusion, as the Israel-Hamas conflict takes center stage at the Manama Dialogue summit, the international community grapples with the complexities of finding a resolution. Brett McGurk's 'five no’s' underscore the principles that should guide efforts to end the war, emphasizing the need to avoid forced displacement, reoccupation, territorial reduction, threats to Israel, and besiegement.

McGurk's acknowledgment of stalled diplomatic recognition deals and his caution against sidelining the Palestinian issue in pursuit of regional peace highlight the ongoing challenges. The current focus on war rather than integration or peace initiatives emphasizes the urgency of addressing the root causes of the conflict.

Despite the difficulties, McGurk emphasizes the crucial role of Palestinians in any potential diplomatic agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia. As efforts are made to degrade Hamas, there is a commitment to addressing the central issue of the Palestinian question. The path to resolution remains complex, but the international community continues to navigate these challenges with a determination to find a sustainable and just solution to the longstanding conflict."