Israel Protests Image of Jordanian Minister Stepping on Flag

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said Sunday that its embassy in Jordan has filed a strong condemnation with the kingdom over a picture of a Jordanian government minister stepping on an image of the Israeli flag.

The ministry said that it took the incident extremely seriously and had also summoned Jordan’s acting ambassador to Israel to convey its objection.

A photo published on the Jordanian website Jfranews showed Information Minister Jumana Ghuneimat stepping on a large image of the Israeli flag. Footprints were also printed on the flag, which Israel said was displayed at a gathering of Jordan’s engineering union.

Israel and Jordan signed a peace agreement in 1994, but relations have often been frosty amid differences over Israeli policies in Yerushalayim, where Jordan is custodian over Muslim sites, and toward the Palestinians.