Dancers to the Tunes of Confederacy!

By: Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Sun 22 May / May 2016. 09:11 PM
  • Fahed Khitan

What could Jordan do to once and for all cut the tape of confederacy, that we may no longer hears it resound, nor see those dancing to its beats?

Some would say that the way to bring an end to this concerto would be to legislate disengagement. That, in my opinion, is farfetched; for such a decision addresses a Jordanian-Palestinian issue only partially, and does not take into consideration the complexities entailed. Its legislation will not bring about the results anticipated, especially since such a considerable segment of people is dancing “high” to the tunes of confederacy, and would love to see it become reality today, not tomorrow.

Turning to the traditional option; denying the idea, revoking any truth to its deliberation, and clutching hard to the sovereign, independent Palestinian state, on national Palestinian soil, has been resorted to before, as well. The King spoke about it recurrently in several occasions, and in the conclusion of every one of those occasions, He talks about it; hoping of political elites in Jordan to have it be the last time He does so.

Alas! To what beats and tunes would we dance should the Confederacy Concerto die out?! One journalistic report in an Israeli newspaper suffices the launch of speculations on Jordan nearing the acceptance of a confederacy. With much spice and fertile imagination, and the plan is cooked and ready! If the Foreign Minister of Jordan visits Palestine, or meets a Palestinian official with the Authority in Amman, the meeting or visit is suddenly all about arrangements for the confederacy. But none of those who claim to know about it dares to inform the public of their sources on what went on during the meet with only the two officials involved and present!

The problematic complexity, the State has failed sizably to deal with, is the effort to dissemble this historic thesis that continually connects the failure of Palestine-Israeli negotiations with a resolution on the account of Jordan’s interests. We are frequently faced with this predicament; negotiations fail, and out of the blue scenarios are woven on a mitigated Jordan solution; a confederacy that integrates the West Bank’s demography with Jordan, except; just the demography; not the land nor control over it.

Many times it was inferred that such an option would be suicidal for the State of Jordan to accept, but no one believed that, or no one wants to believe it. More so, we had often responded with words to some of the defensive folk, without setting out serious initiative to couple these words with actions.

Dancers to the tunes of confederacy usually ignore the position and stance of a vast segment of Palestinians, particularly those standing steadfast in their lands, who for the most part cling tight to the option of an independent Palestinian state, with some among them who do not want any form of unity with Jordan, even after the attainment of the independent state.

The case of the surveillance cameras in the Holy Campus of the Mosque illustrated the deterioration of mutual trust between Jordan and Palestine. Should Jerusalemites not be in need of Jordan’s protection over the sanctities of the city from Judaisation, they would have rather the responsibilities be transferred to a Palestinian body.

The Palestinian Identity has crystallised definitively in the context of bitter struggle with the Zionist movements. And Palestinians in the West Bank, as well as Gaza, are not just residents to be integrated into this country or that. Israel, in spite of all that is being said about their position, have recognised Palestinians as a people and their right to an independent state. So how, after all this blood crowned strife and sacrifice, can we go back to calling them “residents” the way they are referred to in old Zionist literatures?

The Palestinian people hold tight, barely, to their land. Jordan celebrates these days its 70th anniversary.