Israel Mourns Death of King Hussein
The Israeli government extended its condolences over the death of Jordan's King Hussein Sunday, expressing the hope that his policy of peace will be carried on.
A senior advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said all Israelis mourn the death of Hussein and hope his policy of peace and friendship with Israel will continue.
Netanyahu will convene a special cabinet meeting later in the afternoon to deal with the development in Jordan, Israel Radio reported.
At a weekly cabinet meeting in the morning, Netanyahu said Israel will keep continuous contact with Jordan, adding that he is confident that the king's successor, Abdullah, will be able to maintain stability in his country.
President Ezer Weizman extended his personal sympathy to the king's family and the people of Jordan, calling Hussein "a brave soldier in the army of peace."
Widely respected in Israel, King Hussein has played a pivotal role in the peacemaking between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Israel has said its relations with Jordan are part of the strategic component of the country's national security.
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