December 10, 2023

The Jordanian foreign minister expressed confusion over Israel’s objective of obliterating the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Ayman Safadi stated that he does not see how Israel’s goal can be achieved. He also warned that Jordan would take any necessary measures to prevent the displacement of Palestinians, as it would be a war crime and a direct threat to national security. Safadi made these statements at the IISS Manama Dialogue security summit in Bahrain, citing the fears of displacement and regional conflict. The ongoing Israel-Hamas war has reignited concerns in Jordan, where a large population of Palestinian refugees and their descendants reside. There are fears that Israel may forcibly expel Palestinians from the West Bank, leading to more conflict, suffering, and the potential for regional wars.