Israel irate after Jordan minister steps on regime's flag

Israel irate after Jordan minister steps on regime's flag

Israel irate after Jordan minister steps on regime's flag

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry on Sunday insisted that despite a recent incident in which Jordanian government spokeswoman Jumana Ghneimat was photographed walking over an Israeli flag, the government is committed to the peace agreement it has with Israel.

The image of the flag was affixed to the floor just inside the entrance of the premises to protest the conflict between Israel and Palestine in the West Bank, as well as normalised ties between the Jewish state and Amman, according to union officials.

Jordanian minister of state for information Jumana Ghneimat was pictured last week stepping on the flag design when entering a meeting at a trade union complex.

There was no comment from Jordanian authorities on the Israeli protest.

Israel and Jordan have maintained diplomatic relations since the signing of a peace deal in 1994, though many Jordanians continue to object to formal relations between the formerly warring neighbors.

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz entered the building through a side entrance and was criticized in Jordanian media for avoiding stepping on the flag.

Israeli media said Israeli authorities summoned Jordanian ambassador Ghassan al-Megali on Sunday to protest the spokesperson's behavior.

The minister found herself as the target of anger by Israel's Foreign Ministry after she was shown stepping on the flag on her way into the building for a meeting.

Qatarneh, the Jordanian spokesperson, confirmed that Israel had sought clarifications over the incident.

The 1994 peace agreement between Israel and Jordan is extremely unpopular among the Jordanian people.

Much of Jordan's population remain opposed to the country's political normalisation with Israel.

Last month, Jordan's King Abdullah II announced he would not renew part of the peace treaty that granted Israel use of two small agricultural areas along the border. The leases expire next year.

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