As the Israel-Hamas conflict intensifies, Jordan’s Foreign Minister, Ayman Safadi, expressed skepticism about Israel’s stated goal of destroying Hamas through heavy bombardment and a potential invasion of the Gaza Strip. Speaking at the annual IISS Manama Dialogue security summit in Bahrain, Safadi questioned the feasibility of Israel’s objective, emphasizing the potential for increased conflict, suffering, and the risk of regional wars.
Safadi also issued a stern warning, asserting that Jordan would take decisive measures to prevent any displacement resulting from the conflict. He deemed such actions not only a war crime but also a direct threat to Jordan’s national security, highlighting the country’s commitment to thwarting any potential risks.
Jordan shares a border with the West Bank, intensifying concerns of upheaval in the region.
“This war is not taking us anywhere but towards more conflict, more suffering, and the threat of expanding into regional wars,” Safadi remarked, underscoring the need for a diplomatic resolution to avoid further instability.
In the aftermath of potential Hamas defeat, questions arise about the governance of the densely populated Gaza Strip. European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell emphasized that only the Palestinian Authority (PA) could effectively administer Gaza after the conflict.
Borrell highlighted the need for a political solution and expressed concerns about Hamas maintaining control in Gaza.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas echoed the sentiment, suggesting that the PA could play a role in administering Gaza in the event of a comprehensive political solution.
However, challenges remain as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been stagnant since 2014, and the PA faces unpopularity among Palestinians.
Additionally, the United States weighed in on the situation, with President Joe Biden’s top adviser on the Middle East, Brett McGurk, stating that the release of hostages held by Hamas would pave the way for a significant increase in the delivery of humanitarian aid.
.This emphasizes the interconnected nature of diplomatic, security, and humanitarian considerations in the ongoing conflict.
As tensions rise, the international community closely watches the developments in the Israel-Hamas conflict, with Jordan standing firm in its commitment to preventing displacement and advocating for a peaceful resolution to avert further regional instability.