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After Bennett's visit: Netanyahu seems determined to sabotage relations with Jordan again - this time from his seat in the opposition - Walla! news

2021-07-12T20:19:46.068Z

The former prime minister throughout the day attacked Bennett's meeting with King Abdullah, but his statements included blatant lies. Netanyahu may and should attack the government, but the lies he is spreading seem like an attempt to harm Israel's foreign relations



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After Bennett's visit: Netanyahu seems determined to sabotage relations with Jordan again - this time from his seat in the opposition

The former prime minister throughout the day attacked Bennett's meeting with King Abdullah, but his statements included blatant lies.

Netanyahu may and should attack the government, but the lies he is spreading seem like an attempt to harm Israel's foreign relations

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Monday, 12 July 2021, 20:45 Updated: 23:11

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Every few weeks, the Jordanian parliament becomes a boxing arena where Israel is the punching bag.

Once it is a demand to cancel the gas agreement, once to expel the ambassador and once just to discredit in order to accumulate a few more political points in the base.

The king lets the opposition take out steam and in Jerusalem they move to the agenda.

Today (Monday) it seemed for a few hours that the creators turned around and in the Knesset, Jordan became a political football kicked from side to side.



The role of the Jordanian opposition was taken by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu's political career is fraught with crises with Jordan.

From the failed assassination attempt on Khaled Mashaal in his first term, to the reception festival for a security guard from the embassy in Amman, to the grounding of the flight to the United Arab Emirates on the eve of the election.



Netanyahu seems determined today to create another crisis with Jordan's King Abdullah - this time the opposition leader's customs. On the government but Netanyahu's statement included at least three blatant lies.

Lying blatantly.

Netanyahu (Photo: Flash 90, Olbia Fitoussi)

Netanyahu claimed that Bennett agreed to give water to Jordan while King Abdullah of Jordan "gives oil to Iran."

it's a lie.

First, Bennett did not give Jordan water but sold it for full money.

Second, Jordan has not been blessed with oil resources, certainly not for export.

Iran, on the other hand, is rich in oil and does not need to import it from any country.



Netanyahu later claimed that King Abdullah "agreed to move an Iran-controlled oil pipeline from Iran through Jordan - to Egypt - thus giving Iran enormous economic power to develop its economy and especially its nuclear program."

It's already a whole salad.



Jordan, Iraq and Egypt did indeed discuss a summit held in Baghdad a few weeks ago with the participation of Iraqi Prime Minister Kazmi, Jordanian King Abdullah and Egyptian President al-Sisi in laying an oil pipeline from Iraq to Jordan.

But contacts on this oil pipeline began as early as 2015.

Since then not too much has happened with it.

By the way - the person who was the Prime Minister of Israel in 2015 is one - Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Netanyahu actually claimed that the King of Jordan and the President of Egypt were working for the benefit of the Iranians. The same Jordan that Netanyahu knows Israel has close intelligence and security cooperation with, and the same Egypt that Netanyahu has allowed in recent years to bring military forces into Sinai in violation of the peace agreement. These two, according to Netanyahu, are now cooperating with Iran and helping it sell oil.



That too is a lie of course. Jordan and Egypt are part of the Sunni axis in the region that opposes and acts against Iran. In fact, the whole idea behind the triple summit in Baghdad was to strengthen the Iraqi prime minister and give him Arab backing in an attempt to weaken Iranian influence in the country.



Netanyahu claimed that since the inauguration of the new government in Israel, which he claims is showing weakness vis-à-vis the Iranians, Arab countries are moving away from Israel and getting closer to Iran. Netanyahu is right about one thing - there was indeed a warming of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran and they even held secret negotiations in Iraq. But all this happened a few months ago - when he was still the prime minister of Israel.

Does not remain obligated.

Bennett (Photo: Flash 90, Olbia Fitoussi)

Netanyahu's latest lie in his statement was particularly blatant.

"It is no wonder that Oman is also moving towards Iran and has announced that it is canceling the normalization proceedings with Israel," he said.

In fact, it was a double lie.

Oman has not moved towards Iran since the new government was formed in Israel.

Oman has always been close to Iran.

In 2013, when Netanyahu was prime minister, it was the Omani who mediated between Iran and the United States.

At that time, the Omanis also suggested to Netanyahu that they mediate between Iran and Israel.

He refused.



In addition, Oman did not announce that it was canceling normalization proceedings with Israel.

In fact, Oman's Foreign Minister Bader Bousaidi spoke on the phone with new Foreign Minister Yair Lapid a week after it took office.

The Foreign Ministry of Oman also issued a public statement and tweeted.

Although Oman's foreign minister said this week that his country would not be the third Gulf state to normalize relations with Israel, after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, it was the second time the Omani have said so.

The last time was when Netanyahu was still prime minister.



Bennett did not remain obligated.

"What is the Israeli interest for which Netanyahu destroyed relations with Jordan? We are repairing the relationship with the Kingdom of Jordan, it is an Israeli national security interest," the prime minister said.

Bennett listed the failures of the Netanyahu governments against Jordan, starting with the security guard incident, and ending with the return of the enclaves in Tzofar and Naharayim to the Jordanians.

Netanyahu claimed to have worked for the Iranians.

King Abdullah (Photo: Reuters)

To be fair, as far as Jordan Bennett is concerned he has profited from no man's land. The main reason why he was invited within two weeks to a meeting with the king at the palace in Amman is that he is not Netanyahu. In his recent actions, and especially on the issue of the water agreement, Bennett has shown a desire to restore relations with Jordan.



The attack on Jordan is the second time Netanyahu has used foreign policy to attack the new government. A few weeks ago he used relations with the Biden administration for a political attack on Bennett and Lapid.



Netanyahu is certainly not satisfied with the invitation Bennett received to the palace in Amman or the embrace his government receives from the Biden administration.

Netanyahu's behavior is reminiscent of the joke about the soldier who was thrown out of a pilot's course and asked to enlist in the air force. When asked why he replied: "If I do not fly - no one flies." - especially when it comes to relations with the United States and Arab countries - seem like an attempt to sabotage the foreign relations of the State of Israel.

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