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New Jordanian ambassador to Israel, Walid Obeidat, sworn in
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October 8, 2012 19:21

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.



Last 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.

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