Jordanian minister seen performing the traditional stepping on Israeli flag ceremony
Israel’s Foreign Ministry has issued a protest with the Jordanian government and summoned the ambassador after the Information Minister and Government Spokesperson Jumana Ghunaimat was photographed stepping on an Israeli flag painted on the floor of Amman’s trade union headquarters last week.
The trade union headquarters in Jordan placed an Israeli flag at the entrance to its headquarters, inviting visitors to step on it on their way inside, a traditional hate-ceremony in the Arab world.
Prime Minister Omar al-Razaz entered the road through a side entrance, thus avoiding stepping on the Israeli flag.
In response, the Jordanian Ambassador to Israel was summoned to a clarification meeting on Sunday.
Official protests were also submitted by Israel to the government in Amman and the Jordanian embassy in Israel.
The government is set to approve a joint project with Jordan for a canal linking the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, Israel’s Hadashot TV news reported Friday.
“The Red Sea-Dead Sea canal will enable Jordan to deal with its water troubles, allow us to work toward saving the Dead Sea from drying up and most importantly strengthen the peace between us and an Arab state that maintains a peace agreement with Israel,” Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said in a statement.
The project has long been delayed by bureaucratic hurdles, financing difficulties, and environmentalist objections, as well as diplomatic tensions between the countries.