Jordan criticizes Israeli prime minister' statement on status of Jerusalem as Israeli Capital
The Jordan government criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's statement on status of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem will remain united and undivided capital of the Jewish nation and Israel has the right to extend the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Israeli news paper Haaretz wrote.
According to the UN Security Council resolution, West Bank, including East Jerusalem are occupied territories, Jordan Information Minister Nabil Sharif said, state agency Petra reported.
Netanyahu's statements, made on Sunday [July 18], are nothing more than "delusion, which nullify the clearly defined political and legal rights and put obstacles in the United States' way of establishing peace in the region and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, Sharif said
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has refused to halt construction of 20 new settlements in Arab areas of the West Bank and Jerusalem, which the United States urged. Israel occupied West Bank of Jordan and East Jerusalem in the six-day war in 1967.
According to the Israeli Association of Civil Rights, Israel took over 2,400 hectares of private land of Palestinians since the occupation of the city. Some 50,000 houses belonging to Jewish people were built by the end of 2007, writes Haaretz.
Fifteen members of the Jordan Parliament demanded from the Jordanian government to reconsider relations with Israel.
Jordan is the second Arab country after Egypt, which re-established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1994.