A Trigger for Widespread War: Jordan Urges Restraint in Israel-Iran Conflict

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.18 - 2024 8:55 AM CET

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi expresses grave concerns.

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In a recent interview, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi expressed grave concerns that Israel's potential response to an Iranian assault could plunge the entire Middle East into conflict.

Speaking to state media, Safadi highlighted the dangers of escalating tensions, noting the catastrophic implications such an escalation could have not just regionally, but globally.

High Stakes in the Middle East

The foreign minister's comments were in response to a recent barrage of over 300 missiles and drones launched by Iran against Israel on April 14, as reported by the Israeli Defense Forces.

Despite the effective interception of 99% of these attacks by Israeli air defenses, the situation remains highly volatile.

"The risks are huge. This could drag the entire region into a war that would be devastating for us in the region, and it would have very serious consequences for the rest of the world, including the US," Safadi stated.

Jordan's Diplomatic Efforts

Amid these heightened tensions, Jordan is actively engaging with major world powers to prevent further escalation.

"The situation is too dangerous. The chances of a regional explosion are real and must be stopped," Safadi insisted.

The broader international context adds complexity to the Middle East's geopolitical dynamics.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen remarked on the recent attacks as a reflection of the broader intentions of what she termed the "new League of Authoritarians," which includes Iran alongside Russia and North Korea.

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