Report: King Abdullah refuses to speak to Netanyahu over annexation plans

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Jordan's King Abdullah II, reviews an honor guard before giving a speech to Parliament in Amman, Jordan, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019
AP / Raad Adayleh 2019 ©Jordan's King Abdullah II, reviews an honor guard before giving a speech to Parliament in Amman, Jordan, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019

Jordan has repeatedly condemned Israel's proposed annexation plans

Jordanian King Abdullah II is refusing to communicate with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his government's plan to annex parts of the West Bank, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported Monday.

Jordanian leadership is also eschewing overtures made by Defense Minister Benny Gantz, refusing to discuss any topic related to Israel's proposed annexation scheme, Ma'an quoted a Jordanian official as saying. 

Jordan has repeatedly condemned Israel's proposed plans to extend its sovereignty into disputed West Bank territory, warning such a move could have a detrimental impact on relations between the two countries. 

The two sides signed a historic peace treaty in 1994, with Amman joining Egypt as the only Arab nations to normalize relations with the Jewish state. 

But last month, Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said that the Hashemite Kingdom was ready to revisit its agreement with Israel if Jerusalem decided to extend its sovereignty into the West Bank, insisting the move is "illegal under international law." 

"We will not accept unilateral Israeli measures to annex the Palestinian territories and we will have to reconsider relations with Israel in all its dimensions," said Razzaz in an interview with the official Jordanian news agency Petra.

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