Ensour’s ‘no’

تم نشره في Sun 16 March / Mar 2014. 09:09 PM - آخر تعديل في Tue 1 April / Apr 2014. 06:01 PM

By Muhammad Aburumman

The meetings between decision makers to discuss the repercussions of the Israeli crime, that is the killing of the martyr, Judge Raed Zuaiter, ended with three “no” by the premier: No to expelling the Israeli ambassador; no to recalling the Jordanian ambassador in Israel, and no to freeing Ahmad Daqamseh. Additionally, there was a big no: No to scraping the Wadi Araba agreement.

That decision was conveyed to the Speaker of the Lower House, Atif Tarawneh, who was in the loop in regards to the “state’s” decision. He is expected to explain it to the blocs during his meeting with them, before next Tuesday’s session.

The “decision makers” at the state told the Lower House, clearly, that their requests, on which the Lower House’s confidence in the government is dependent, are not acceptable, and “go head to head with the state’s higher interests”.

That means the case is no longer about the deputies relationship with the government, but about the stance of the other key decision makers, who the MPs will avoid attacking.

The equation flipped entirely; the talk is no longer about what is required of Israel, or about cornering Dr. Abdullah Ensour's government, it became about how the Lower House is cornered now, especially after the vote of no-confidence is due during the next session on Tuesday (While, paradoxically, the government began, along with the other decision-making centers, thinking about a way in which they can reduce the size of the Lower House’s losses).

Why do we think the Lower House is weak in this scenario?

The only card it has is the vote of no-confidence, and it needs a majority, that is 76 deputies. According to experts in parliamentary affairs, this is a huge number. If in actuality a vote of confidence is reached, the deputies will fail and give the government more power and trust on one hand, and weaken themselves on the other.

What we see is “dark comedy”; poor diplomatic stance and weak rhetoric against Israel, while the crisis has turned into an internal one. The image of the Lower House is getting worse, described by a scene from the Madraset Al Moshaghebeen* play, when Adel Imam said “you put yourself in silly situations”. Does the Lower House have a different opinion?



*School of the Brats, an Arabic play

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.