Meanwhile, there is growing concern in Israel over the situation in Jordan. Senior Israeli officials define the Hashemite kingdom’s situation as “hanging by a thread”. The officials claim that “the situation in Jordan is precarious and it is possible that it is heading for a major jolt which should be taken with the utmost seriousness.

“The situation in the Middle East does not allow for irresponsible moves from the Palestinians, steps that will fail to bring security, peace and a Palestinian state, what they will bring is lack of stability.”

Israel refused to issue an official response to King Abdullah’s Monday statements, but state officials noted that “the king’s statements should be monitored in light of the delicate domestic situation in the kingdom.”

Israel believes that Abdullah was obliged to express himself in that manner due to the intricacy of the current situation in Jordan and the region.