Israel’s plan to apply sovereignty in parts of Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley is a “life and death” issue for Jordan, according to former Jordanian deputy prime minister Mamdouh al-Abadi.’

In July 12 interview by U.K.-based Alghad TV, al-Abadi said, “The hatred between [the two] peoples is historic” and insisted that “our relations with the Israelis and the Jews in this region are existential and [go] beyond a border dispute.”

If Israel moves ahead with its sovereignty plan, he said, it would constitute and “act of aggression” against Jordan, and that “all options are on the table” as far as Jordan’s response, including sanctions, cutting off relations with Israel, annulling the Jordan-Israel peace treaty and gas deals, and returning to the “pre-1967 state of affairs.”