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Jordan appoints new ambassador to Israel

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Jordan reportedly has appointed a new ambassador to Israel.

The appointment late last week of career diplomat Walid Obeidat was reported by the Agence France-Presse news agency and Ammon News.

The position has been vacant since mid-2010, when Ali al-Ayed left to become the country’s minister of media affairs.

Jordan did not fill the position immediately, citing the lack of progress in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

Obeidat is expected to arrive in Israel next month, and will become the fifth Jordanian ambassador to Israel since a peace treaty between the two countries was signed in 1994. — jta n


Posted by Jack Kessler
10/05/2012  at  01:10 PM
Our Sympathy to the New Ambassador

One has to sympathize with the plight of Ambassador Obeidat.  He has a tough problem selling the official Arab position that Israel is an aggressor when he himself is living proof that all Israel wants is to be allowed to live in peace with her neighbors.

Ambassador Obeidat is what Israel wants from its neighbors, normal relations mediated through peaceful diplomacy.

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