Gov’t triumphs and deputies win

تم نشره في Tue 18 March / Mar 2014. 07:40 PM - آخر تعديل في Thu 20 March / Mar 2014. 06:00 PM

By Fahed Khitan

Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Ensour won the round, and the government won a confidence they did not expect they would. The second confidence will prolong the lifecycle of the government. Ensour came out of the confrontation stronger than ever, and his opponents have lost the battle.

The risk of no-confidence is no longer a sword hanging over the head of government. There’s more; there is no parliamentary majority against the treaty of Wadi Araba, or for the expulsion of its ambassador from Amman.

We will hear a harsh rebuke of the deputies; why did you raise the ceiling of expectations if you are not able to act? And why did you give the government an opportunity to renew the Lower House’s confidence in them?

But at the height of the emotional outburst, and in the environment of escalation that we have seen during the past few days, there are many benefits achieved that cannot be ignored.

The confrontation that took place under the dome yesterday — ending in a victory for the government after gaining the confidence of 81 deputies — was not a complete loss for the deputies and the public and a pure victory for the government and Israel, as some say.

The Lower House has taken a decisive stand against Israel, largely in line with the position of the street, which was provoked by the Israeli crime. Representatives out a lot of pressure on the government, raised the ceiling of their demands, and threatened to withdraw confidence if the government did not respond to those demands.

All of this has a clear echo in Israel, which was clearly evident in the letters of apology and regret that came one after the other. Behind the scenes, a Jordanian official said to their Israeli counterparts some harsh cautionary words: If you did not you give something, we cannot survive long on our positions, and we might respond to the demands of the Lower House; at least expelling the ambassador or the release of Ahmed Al Daqamseh.

Imagine if the Lower House took a position different than this one, and accepted the truce did not raise its voice, and so did the street, and there were no rallies denouncing the crime?

It is not true that Israel won and escaped punishment for its crime. The last few days were an event that made Israel realize the amount of hostility towards its policies in the Jordanian street, and at the heart of the legislative power.

The government did not fall under the dome. But nobody said that, that was the goal. The goal is to corner Israel's, forcing it to take responsibility for the crime.

This goal has not been fully achieved yet. It is the responsibility of the government and the Lower House to follow-up on the joint investigation until the end, and to hold the offender for his heinous crime. But the message had been conveyed to Israel; Jordanians are not willing to give up their blood, and Jordan is not “in their pocket” as they thought.

The rest of the things pertaining to the granting or withholding of trust, and gain and loss, remain in the details of political life, and no longer have value with the passage of time.

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This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.

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