UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Jared Kushner’s latest trip to the Middle East renewed fears of Jordanians who reject his peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians, fearing the kingdom would pay the biggest price for a “century deal” and become an alternative homeland for the Palestinians.
Kushner returns to the Middle East in late July as part of a new round aimed at pushing forward his plan, which has yet to be revealed, and is unlikely to come into force in the foreseeable future amid widespread disapproval.
“Jordan is the biggest loser after the Palestinians,” said retired Jordanian civil servant Khaled al-Khraisha, 65, from Mafraq province, about 70 kilometers northeast of Amman.
“We reject the deal in its entirety,” said the six-year-old man from the Khuraisha clan, who wore traditional Arab dress while participating in a demonstration outside the US embassy in Amman against the US peace plan.
The fears and rejections are based on mere leaks on the plan, which it says will not mention the two-state solution, and the administration’s policy of Donald Trump, who has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel beyond the consensus of former American presidents.
“We hope that Jordan, which is our land, people and leadership, will firmly and firmly reject this deal, which means the sale of Palestine,” said Wadad Alarouri, 81, whose family is from Ramallah and Jenin in the Palestinian territories.
– “Nightmare” –
Jordan witnessed two waves of Palestinian asylum: the first following the Nakba in 1948 following the declaration of the State of Israel, and the second after the “setback” following the June 1967 war when Israel occupied the West Bank under Jordanian control.
The number of Palestinian refugees registered with the United Nations in Jordan is more than 2.2 million.
More than half of Jordan’s 9.5 million people are of Palestinian origin and two-thirds of them have Jordanian citizenship. Jordanians fear that if the refugees’ right of return is to be revoked, the kingdom will become under pressure from demand to naturalize the last third.
Washington called for the end of May to a conference in Bahrain on June 25 and 26, in which the economic part of the peace plan was aimed at attracting investments worth more than $ 50 billion for the Palestinians, creating one million jobs for them and doubling their gross domestic product, within ten years.
The Palestinians boycotted the Bahrain conference, in which Jordan was represented by the Secretary General of the Jordanian Ministry of Finance.
The director of the Jerusalem Center for Political Studies, Areeb Rantawi, said that “the second largest victim of the deal of the century after the Palestinians is Jordan undisputed.” He told the Press that the Kingdom was concerned that the deal would open the door “on solutions and options in Jordan and at his expense.”
“This is a great political burden that I do not think the deep state in Jordan would like,” said Ahmed Awad, director of the Phenicia Center for Studies.
Rantawi is afraid of “linking the sustainability of the Palestinian entity, provided it is linked to a formula with Jordan, this will open the doors of hell to Jordan.”
Al-Rantawi said the plan would put pressure on Jordan to resettle and grant citizenship to other Palestinians. “There is no country in the region that has a burden on Palestinian refugees like Jordan, it has a huge population of about 60 percent of its population.
Jordan, which accounts for about 92 percent of its territory, relies heavily on foreign aid. The country’s public debt exceeded 40 billion dollars, more than 96 percent of GDP, with poverty rates rising to about 16 percent and unemployment up to 20 percent, according to official figures.
US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt said in June that the plan to settle the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians could be unveiled in November after Israel’s election.
– “Economic benefits” –
Another analyst, Kirk Suel of the Utica Risk Services Research Center in Washington, notes that “Jordan can only refuse the deal” because it “has turned Jordan into a Palestinian state.”
“There may be economic benefits for Jordan, but the king has emphasized his position on defending Jerusalem for its clan-based base, because the deal threatens them.”
The Hashemites, who belong to the Hashemite throne and are attributed to Hashem, the great grandfather of the Prophet Muhammad, are particularly interested in the sanctity of Jerusalem’s sanctuaries after they were driven out of Mecca in the 1920s by the “Al-Saud” In Islam.
Al-Rantawi says that “the guardianship of the sanctities is very symbolic for the Hashemites and Jordanians. The status of Jerusalem is superior to that of other Arabs and Muslims, and it is one of the legitimate sources of the regime in the country.”
He believes that US President Donald Trump’s decision to consider Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv “has reinforced Jordan’s concerns.”
“When Kouchner says that Jerusalem and all that is in Israel, it provokes King Abdullah, the Hashemites in particular and the Jordanians more broadly.”
The Jordanian monarch confirmed more than once that he has become aware of his three scourges: no alternative homeland, no resettlement of Palestinian refugees, no concession of Jerusalem or guardianship of holy sites.
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