PM Netanyahu Extends Good Wishes to King Hussein
(Communicated by Prime Minister’s Media Advisor)
Jerusalem, 19 January 1999

Following is the text of a letter sent by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to King Hussein, on the occasion of the monarch’s return to Jordan:

His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Your Majesty,

It is my pleasure to extend to you my most sincere best wishes on the occasion of your return to Jordan after successfully overcoming a difficult illness.

All Israelis feel great gratitude for the return of Your Majesty’s health and strength. We all view your continued contribution as indispensable to the building of a new era of peace, stability and growth in our region.

On this day, the people of Israel stand together with the people of Jordan in celebrating your return.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Planes to Join Fly-Past in Honor of King Hussein
(Communicated by Defense Minister’s Media Adviser)

Two Israel Air Force fighter planes will today (Tuesday), 19.1.99, escort King Hussein of Jordan’s plane in a special salute fly-past, as the monarch passes over the region on his way home to Amman. The decision to make this special gesture was made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai.

Two IAF F-16s will escort King Hussein’s plane from a distance of 50 miles outside Israel’s territorial waters, over Israel and up to the Jordan River.

Defense Minister Mordechai today extended his good wishes to King Hussein in advance of his arrival back in Jordan.

In an interview to Israel Radio’s Arabic Service, DM Mordechai said, "I warmly welcome His Majesty King Hussein and express my admiration of him on his return to Jordan. King Hussein is known for his courage, his leadership and his daring in advancing the peace process and the friendship between Israel and Jordan. I would like to wish him long life, good health and to express the hope that his leadership and courage will continue to serve his political path and the Jordanian people."