Jordanian Lawyers File Lawsuit against Israeli MKs

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AMMAN - A lawsuit filed by four Jordanian attorneys against Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) and National Union MK Arieh Eldad is the most recent incident in an increasing number of divisive issues between Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom.

On Wednesday, a Jordanian prosecutor agreed to hear the case against Rivlin and Eldad.

Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, but it is deeply aligned with the Arab world and relations with the Jewish state are oftentimes strained.

The lawsuit charges the two legislators with threatening Jordanian sovereignty and security by calling for a "greater Israel on both banks of the [Jordan] River" and claiming that Jordan, with its 70 percent Palestinian population, is for all intents and purposes the Palestinian state.

The attorneys claim that under Section 118 of Jordanian Criminal Law, Rivlin and Eldad can be tried as foreign citizens attempting to damage the Hashemite Kingdom's sovereignty by their statements.

Eldad shrugged it off, saying he's not hiring a lawyer "any time soon."

"Apparently in Jordan, telling the truth is against the law," Eldad said. "This is a ridiculous attempt to impose Jordanian law on Israel [a country] that allows freedom of speech. No lawsuit can change the fact that Jordan is Palestinian and that the Hashemites are ruling over the Palestinian majority in a dictatorship," he said.

Eldad said he'll continue sharing the view that Jordan is the obvious Palestinian state with U.S. congressmen and other world leaders.

"There needs to be two states for two peoples," Eldad acknowledged. "The Palestinians [already] have a state, Jordan, and I will continue my campaign to make sure the world realizes this," he said.

"The next time the world sees a stalemate in the diplomatic process, they must know this is a realistic option," he said.

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The Jerusalem Post and israel national news contributed to this report.

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