FM Avigdor Lieberman: Jordan’s Stability of Vital Interest to Israel
JNS.org – In the strongest statement yet on the subject by an Israeli official, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it is in Israel’s vital interest to protect Jordan’s stability in light of the threat posed by the terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).
“Jordan’s stability is one of Israel’s vital national security interests, and Jerusalem will do everything to preserve that stability,” Lieberman said during remarks with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Unlike most Arab states, Jordan has a peace treaty with Israel, and as U.S. allies, the nations’ governments and militaries maintain relatively close ties.
Jordan has been under threat from the advance of ISIS terrorists in Iraq. The terror group took over a key Jordanian-Iraqi checkpoint last week and has made several death threats to Jordan’s King Abdullah.
“It is in the West’s and Israel’s best interest to put a stop to ISIS’s advancement,” Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Major General (ret.) Israel Ziv told JNS.org.