The Red Line between Jordan and Palestine

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Wed 29 November / Nov 2017. 01:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Thu 30 November / Nov 2017. 03:22 AM
  • Fahed Khitan

The recently declassified British documents uncovered that the former Egyptian president, Husni Mubarak, had proposed to the British premier, Margaret Thatcher, in aftermath of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, that Egypt should host the Palestinian refugees there.

He also made the proposition, to resolve the Palestinian Cause, to establish a Jordanian-Palestinian federation, which should last between 10 and 15 years until the founding of a disarmed Palestinian state.

Of course, this proposition was made by Egypt, behind Jordan’s back.

Naturally, such documents give us a rare opportunity, as well as valid sources of reliable information, to uncover the true standings of leaders around the world, including our own Arab leaders.

For instance, former US foreign secretary John Kerry stated in one of his lectures, some days back, that there two Arab countries pressuring Washington to carry out a military strike against Iran in 2015. Those two countries, according to him, are Israel and Egypt.

As for the federation thing, up until the nineties of the 20th century, Jordan was open to the idea of a confederation with the West Bank. King Hussein, may He rest in peace, was open to talking about it until he realised, in the later years of His life, that the Israelis do not want fair peace for the region.

Therefore, He went on to reaffirm that the idea of a confederation is not, at any point before the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, on the table!

Evidence in documents dating back decades, from meetings the late King held with leaders of the “formerly” colonial powers in the region, are full of references to the “confederacy solution”. Although none of which mention Egypt’s suggested federation.

In the wake of King Abdullah II’s reign, a fundamental shift in this position has taken place, and it was clearly and explicitly expressed. His Majesty made it clear that the very idea of a confederacy is unacceptable. Instead, He proposed the Two-State Solution.

Practically speaking, the idea of the confederacy has become a red-line no one dares to cross with the King.

In a historic speech His Majesty made some years ago, He stated clearly that the confederation is not up for discussion, neither now nor in the future. Whether or not there was an independent Palestinian state.

Jordan has succeeded, in the last decade, in the complete and utter devalidation of the idea of a confederation. So much that it is no longer even a part of the Arab-Israeli Conflict literature. Which is why, since Clinton’s administration, there are no mentions of the topic, nor is there any mention of the future sort of relationship between Jordan and sought-for Palestinian state!

In His last address, in Parliament, His Majesty made it clear, leaving no room for variant interpretation, that Jordan’s unwavering position is all for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with the occupied city of Jerusalem as its Capital.

By doing so, His Majesty conveyed a message to all states and parties, speculating about the so-called Deal of the Century, reaffirming that Jordan is no longer making concessions.

Jordan will not be making any deals on the expense of its own or the expense of the Palestinian people and their right to an independent state on Palestinian national soil!

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