Jordan’s Grandest Challenge…

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Fri 28 July / Jul 2017. 11:00 PM
  • Fahed Khitan

The situation in Jerusalem has relatively cooled down since the occupation authorities retracted recently imposed security procedures at the Aqsa Mosque complex.

Undoubtedly, the Palestinian stance is a main catalyst in the recent positive unfolding. But it is unlike to have turned out the way it did had it not been for Jordan’s steadfast position against imposing any changes to the legal status of the Aqsa Mosque complex, no matter how small.

Jordan left to no room for anyone to sabotage the Jordanian-Palestinian relationship.

The Kingdom’s position was clear; Jordan will not accept any propositions the Palestinian populace would refuse.

Our experience, however, over the years, has proven to us that the standing situation is frail, and is subject to collapse and escalation at any given moment. This is especially true given the ongoing occupational policies of Israel and obvious Judaisation schemes in Jerusalem.

Jordan is more than aware of this fact; the worst case scenario is always probably in the Jordanian perspective.

Still, against all odds, we hold on tight to the Hashemite Guardianship of religious endowments there, until the State of Palestine, whose capital is Jerusalem, is established.

Securing and ensuring the fate of Islamic and Christian endowments in Palestine, on the long run, is not attainable without the establishment of a Palestinian State.

Therefore, Jordanian diplomacy is faced with the challenge of expediting all efforts in a race against time, to invest in the last open window of opportunity, to realise the Two-State Solution.

Jordan’s bet is that the next six months are decisive to the status-quo, and sees that the current US administration, under President Donald Trump, will show interest in advancing resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict during this time.

In the meantime, Jordan’s aware of Netanyahu’s position, and his rightist government’s insistence on making the struggle seem like an existential security struggle for survival. The Israeli right wing is keen and exempts no effort in stripping the struggle of its real, political nature.

We, on the other hand, are not delusional about Netanyahu’s positions. Jordan understands that without a pressing, active, and effective US role, Israel will not give to thoughts to a fair and just resolution, whatsoever.

On their part, Trump has recurrently confirmed to Jordan his intentions to work full heartedly for resolving the Middle East crisis.

Meanwhile, the recent events in Palestine has proven that Jordan is indeed, in the right, to press for resolution as soon as possible. This is despite Arab and Israeli attempts to ignore Jordan’s propositions.

The Kingdom’s view is simply that the Cause of the Palestinian People is in fact central to the entirety of the Middle East crisis. Hence, without a fair and just solution which abolishes occupation, the region will never know peace or quite, let alone stability.

Due to the recent Israeli Embassy incident, and Netanyahu’s outrageous demeanour, the Jordanian-Israeli relationship is under significant strain.

Jordan, in the meantime, does not intend to lose focus on the primary goal, which is to invest in motivating the US to release the tension and save the Two-State Solution.

While Jordan is prepping with the Palestinian side, the Kingdom will engage in a serious discussion with the US, on devising a more effective role to resume negotiations in accordance to the Solution.

Coordination with the Palestinians is going smoothly, and every step is agreed upon by both Jordan and the Palestinians side.

The Aqsa Crisis successfully tested the bilateral coordination mechanism.

With limited exceptions to a small number of figures, daily cooperation and efforts between Jordan and Palestine has left no place for doubt.

At this particular moment in history, Jordan is faced by numerous unprecedented challenges, on multiple fronts.

However, the decision maker believes that arriving at a fair and just solution to the Palestinian Cause remains Jordan’s grandest challenge, regardless of other threats, no matter how big or small.

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.