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King Abdullah. Photo: Igor Palkin\TASS via Getty Images

Former Jordanian Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, who was put under house arrest on Saturday and accused of trying to destabilize the country, signed a letter on Monday pledging allegiance to his half-brother, King Abdullah II, Jordan's official news agency reports.

Why it matters: For now, the letter seems to have resolved the crisis inside the royal family that began on Saturday with a string of arrests and allegations of a coup plot.

Driving the news: Prince Hamzah signed the letter during a meeting with another former crown prince, Hassan bin Talal, who was appointed by King Abdullah to solve the crisis. Several other senior royals also attended the meeting.

What he's saying: In the letter, Prince Hamzah stressed that “thanks to King Abdullah Jordan managed to successfully deal with the threats and challenges it faced."

  • “The national interest is above all. We all must stand behind King Abdullah. I am committed to the Kingdom’s constitution and I will do everything to help the King and the Crown Prince," Hamzah wrote.

Between the lines: That's a far cry from the statements he made after his arrest. Prince Hamzah has accused the government of decades of mismanagement and corruption while denying a role in any coup plot against King Abdullah.

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Jordan accuses former crown prince of conspiring to destabilize the country

Prince Hamza. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty

A day after putting former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein under house arrest, the Jordanian government on Sunday publicly accused him of conspiring to destabilize the country.

Why it matters: Prince Hamzah claims he is a victim of a campaign by the royal palace to crack down on dissent and silence his criticism of the government’s corruption and incompetence. Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi rebutted those claims in a press conference.

Apr 4, 2021 - World

Jordan claims businessman who offered to help arrested prince is former Mossad agent

Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein in 2009. Photo: ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images

An Israeli businessman with ties to the U.S. government was in touch with former Jordanian Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein when he was put on house arrest on Saturday, and proposed to send a private jet to take his wife and kids to Europe.

The intrigue: The Jordanian government claims the Israeli has connections to the Mossad spy agency, while the businessman stresses he's only a friend of the prince.

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Israeli officials will object to restoration of Iran deal in D.C. visit

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the delegation traveling to Washington, D.C. next week for strategic talks on Iran to stress their objection to a U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear deal and to refuse to discuss its contents, Israeli officials say.

Why it matters: That position is similar to the one Israel took in the year before the 2015 nuclear deal was announced, which led to a rift between the Israeli government and the Obama administration. History could now repeat itself.