Israeli foreign minister: Jordan is not Palestine

AP News

11/14/2011 12:21:38 PM - AP News

Israel's hard-line foreign minister has praised Jordan and condemned talk of it becoming the Palestinian state.

At Israel's parliament Monday, Avigdor Lieberman said, "Talk about Jordan as a Palestinian state damages Israel." He praised the neighboring country as a "stabilizing element in the region."

Palestinians make up about half of Jordan's population. A fringe minority of Israelis believe a Palestinian state should be founded there. A Lieberman spokesman said he has never said Jordan should be the Palestinian state.

Palestinians are demanding the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem for their future state.

Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994. Jordanian officials have expressed concern from time to time over statements by Israeli extremists advocating expulsion of Palestinians to Jordan and creation of a Palestinian state there.