An Israeli businessman with ties to the US government kept in touch with former Jordanian Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein when he was under house arrest on Saturday and proposed to send a private jet to take his wife and children to Europe.
Intrigue: The Jordanian government claimed that Israel had ties to the Mossad spy agency, while the businessman emphasized that he was only a friend of the prince.
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Why is it important: The Jordanian government is urging Prince Hamza and his associates to conspire with people outside Jordan to oppose King Abdullah’s account.
Game status: The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan (Ayman Safadi) said at a press conference on Sunday that a person with ties to foreign security agencies has approached Prince Hamza’s wife and proposed to arrange a private jet to transport her and her family. Escort abroad.
A few hours later, the Jordanian news agency “Ammon”
Shaposhnik contacted me and issued a statement denying the Jordanian government’s claim that he was involved in the so-called coup. He told me that he had never served as a Mossad officer, but confirmed that he proposed to provide help to Prince Hamza and his family as part of their friendship.
What is he saying: Shaposhnik told me: “I am an Israeli living in Europe. I have never held any position in the Israeli intelligence service.” “I don’t know what happened in Jordan or the people involved. I am a close private person of Prince Hamza. friend.”
Between lines: Shaposhnik, 41, is a political agent of the centrist Kadima party in Israel 15 years ago. He served as an advisor to Ehud Olmert, then prime minister.
Later, he entered the private sector and worked for the security company of American businessman Erik Prince (Erik Prince). A few years later, he established his own company, RS Logistical Solutions, which provides services to the US State Department and other governments around the world.
Shaposhnik’s company also provides logistical services to Prince because the company is training Iraqi soldiers in Jordan. This was when he met Prince Hamza through mutual friends. The two and their families became close friends.
On Saturday morning, Prince Hamzah sent a text message to Shaposhnik, telling him that he has been under house arrest.
A source familiar with the matter told me that Shaposhnik immediately sent a text message to Prince Hamzah’s wife and proposed to send a jet to pick up her and their children until the situation was resolved.
Sources said that since then, Shaposhnik has kept in touch with Prince Hamza and his family, who was placed under house arrest and unable to communicate with the outside world.
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