The new Jordanian ambassador to Israel, Walid Obeidat, was
sworn in Monday before King Abdullah after rejecting threats from his powerful
clan not to accept the job.
Obeidat chose to ignore threats from his
clan to "disown" him if he agreed to serve as ambassador to Israel.
week, the clan issued a statement strongly denouncing Obeidat's appointment and
calling on him to turn down the offer. The clan said that the appointment
of one of their members as ambassador to Israel was "disgraceful and an insult
to the clan's reputation and history." The clan tried to persuade Obeidat to
reject the appointment, but to no avail.
Sources in Jordan said that a
wealthy member of the clan offered to pay the new ambassador five million
Jordanian dinars in return for rejecting the appointment.