Jordan's Refusal to Permit the Return of Israel's Ambassador Is Against International Law and the Peace Treaty

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Amb. Alan Baker - According to media reports, the Jordanian government is refusing to permit the return to Amman of Israel's resident ambassador following a shooting involving an Israeli security guard. As required by international law, the appropriate legal authorities in Israel have duly opened an investigation of the incident. Hence, barring Israel's ambassador would logically be out of any proportion to the nature of the diplomatic incident concerned. Furthermore, Jordan and Israel have committed themselves in article 5 of the 1994 Jordan-Israel Treaty of Peace to maintain "resident ambassadors" in each other's capital. This commitment is absolute. It is in the vital interests of both countries that Israeli-Jordanian relations be put back on track. The key to protecting this relationship is to make sure that the peace treaty is strictly observed. The writer, former legal adviser and deputy director-general of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participated in the negotiation and drafting of the peace treaty with Jordan.

2017-08-17 00:00:00

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