Jordan contains 78% of the territory of former Palestine while Judea and Samaria (West Financial institution) contains simply 4%
It took Jordan’s King Abdullah II only a 10 minutes helicopter flight from Jordan to Ramallah on 26 March to fulfill Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) chief Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah—itself solely quarter-hour’ drive from Jerusalem—Abdullah’s first journey to Judea and Samaria (West Financial institution) since 2017.
The Arab Weekly reported on Abdullah’s go to:
“Effectively-informed Jordanian sources have linked the beforehand unannounced go to of the Jordanian king to Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority, to the Negev Summit. They mentioned that Jordan was uncomfortable with the brand new “Abrahamic” peace course of between Israel and Arab international locations. It notably resents being marginalised and dropping management over its most vital card, the Palestinian subject.”
Abdullah has solely himself guilty for Jordan’s rising marginalisation—abandoning the coverage pursued by his great-grandfather King Abdullah I and his father King Hussein of unifying the 2 Arab populations residing on either side of the Jordan River into one State between 1950 and 1967.
Abdullah as a substitute has been supporting the PLO demand for the creation of an unbiased Arab state west of the Jordan River—along with Jordan east of the Jordan River: two Arab states and one Jewish state throughout the territory comprised within the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine (Mandate).
Abdullah must rethink supporting the PLO’s demand if he needs to regain management of choices to be made west of the Jordan River affecting Arabs and Jews within the final 5% of former Palestine the place sovereignty nonetheless stays unallocated between Jordan and Israel after 100 years of battle.
Abdullah’s marginalisation additionally dangers Jordan dropping its position because the custodian of the Muslim Holy Shrines in Jerusalem conferred on Jordan in 1994 by the Washington Declaration and Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty.
Between 1950 and 1967:
- Judea and Samaria (West Financial institution)—which included Ramallah—was a part of Jordan—and its residents had been
- The PLO didn’t declare regional sovereignty “over the West Financial institution within the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” or the ”Gaza Strip” on its founding in 1964—claiming solely that “Palestine with its boundaries on the time of the British Mandate is a regional indivisible unit”
- Abdullah’s father King Hussein—at web page 118 of his revealed memoirs Uneasy Lies the Head (1962)—justified persevering with Jordanian rule on either side of the Jordan River in opposition to worldwide condemnation:
“Palestine and Jordan had been each below British Mandate, however as my grandfather identified in his memoirs, they had been hardly separate international locations. Transjordan being to the east of the River Jordan, it fashioned in a way, the inside of Palestine”
Jordan contains 78% of the territory of former Palestine while Judea and Samaria (West Financial institution) contains simply 4%.
Abdullah’s go to to Ramallah befell similtaneously the Negev Summit was placing life into the Abraham Accords—Israel’s Overseas Minister working along with his counterparts from Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates on shared challenges and pursuits—together with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s encouragement and help.
Ending the 100 years-old battle between Arabs and Jews has turn into more and more pressing with no motion in sight to create a further Arab State west of the Jordan River after nearly 30 years of failed political and diplomatic makes an attempt and strain from the United Nations.
The reunification of the Arab populations residing on either side of the Jordan River—as existed between 1950 and 1967—by re-drawing the present worldwide border between Israel and Jordan in direct negotiations—is the kiss of life that may finish the Arab-Jewish battle.
Creator’s word: The cartoon—commissioned completely for this text—is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one among Israel’s foremost political and social commentators—whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and worldwide media publications for many years.
David Singer is an Australian Lawyer, a Basis Member of the Worldwide Analyst Community and Convenor of Jordan is Palestine Worldwide—a corporation calling for sovereignty of the West Financial institution and Gaza to be allotted between Israel and Jordan as the 2 successor States to the Mandate for Palestine. Earlier articles written by him might be discovered at: jordanispalestine.blogspot.com