AMMAN: Jordan’s King Abdullah rejected any plans by Israel to occupy parts of Gaza or to create security zones within the enclave, saying the root cause of the crisis was Israel’s denial of Palestinians’ “legitimate rights”, state media said on Monday.

In comments he made at the royal palace, the king was quoted as telling senior politicians that there could be “no military or security solution” between Israel and the Palestinians.

He said the enclave of Gaza should not be severed by Israel from the other Palestinian territories.

The monarch told the politicians that the “root of the crisis was Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and its denial of Palestinians legitimate rights”.

“The solution starts from there and any other path is doomed to failure and more of a cycle of violence and destruction,” he said.

Abdullah said he had long warned about Israeli violations in the West Bank, with which Jordan shares a border, and Jewish settler attacks on Palestinian civilians could “expand the conflict and push the region “to the abyss”.

Jordan is home to a large population of Palestinian refugees and their descendants who fear that Israel could expel Palestinians en masse from the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where Israeli settler attacks on Palestinian inhabitants.

Published in Dawn, November 14th, 2023

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