Abdullah does not rule out suspending peace deal with the Jewish state, insists two-state solution ‘the only way forward’
“The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:1-5,7 (KJV)
“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” Joel 3:1,2 (KJV)
From World Israel News: “If Israel really annexed [Judea and Samaria] in July, it would lead to a massive conflict with Jordan,” King Abdullah II told a German magazine.
Jordan’s king claimed on Friday that Israel’s plans to annex Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria would lead to a “massive conflict.”
“What would happen if the Palestinian National Authority collapsed? There would be more chaos and extremism in the region,” King Abdullah II told the German magazine Der Spiegel. “If Israel really annexed [Judea and Samaria] in July, it would lead to a massive conflict with Jordan.”
Abdullah claimed he didn’t “want to make threats” related to backing out of the peace treaty Jordan signed with Israel in 1994, but added that Jordan aligned with “countries in Europe and the international community” whose foreign ministers are committed to blocking Israel’s declaration of sovereignty over territory it already controls.
Israel took possession of Judea and Samaria from Jordan in 1967 when it defeated the Hashemite Kingdom and three other Arab nations that attacked the Jewish state during the Six-Day War.
Israel is currently preparing to inaugurate a new government, which agreed in advance to move forward with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to declare sovereignty over Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, where around half a million Israelis live.
In an April poll by the Israeli Voice Index, a majority of Jewish Israelis expressed support for the annexation plan, with 71 percent of respondents on the political right supporting the move.
President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan supports Israel’s right to annex Jewish communities, provided Israel agrees to negotiate with the Palestinians during a four-year window regarding the formation of an independent Palestinian state.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) rejected the U.S. peace plan sight unseen, despite its provision of $50 billion in economic incentives and its commitment to Palestinian statehood.
In a recent statement quoted by The Associated Press, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi “stressed the need for the international community and the European Union in particular to take practical steps that reflect the rejection of any Israeli decision to annex.” READ MORE
FROM TIMES OF ISRAEL: In an interview published Friday by the German daily Der Spiegel, Abdullah insisted that a two-state solution was “the only way forward” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “What would happen if the Palestinian National Authority collapsed? There would be more chaos and extremism in the region. If Israel really annexed the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” he said, when asked by his interviewer about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intention to “take advantage of the opportunity that US President Donald Trump has created to seize large parts of Palestine.”
“I don’t want to make threats and create an atmosphere of loggerheads, but we are considering all options. We agree with many countries in Europe and the international community that the law of strength should not apply in the Middle East,” the king added, when asked if his country — one of only two Arab nations, along with Egypt, to have signed a peace deal with Israel — could suspend that treaty.
Jordan has a large Palestinian population and is deeply invested in promoting a two-state solution. “Leaders who advocate a one-state solution do not understand what that would mean,” he told the German daily.
The king’s comments echoed remarks he made in a September 2019 interview, warning that a West Bank annexation would have “a major impact on the Israeli-Jordanian relationship.” At the time, he stopped short of threatening to cut diplomatic ties.
More recently, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi reportedly urged his counterparts in several countries to dissuade Jerusalem from its annexation plans. Implementing them would be “devastating,” would mark the death of a two-state solution, and could have explosive consequences for the region, he was said to have warned his interlocutors. But again, no word about ending the peace deal.
Friday’s interview was published hours before European Union foreign ministers were set to meet virtually to consider potential measures against Israel over its plan to annex parts of the West Bank. Jordan has been lobbying the EU to take “practical steps” to make sure annexation doesn’t happen. In a statement, Safadi “stressed the need for the international community and the European Union in particular to take practical steps that reflect the rejection of any Israeli decision to annex.”
Several European nations led by France, and including Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Spain and Luxembourg, have reportedly expressed support for threats of punitive action in a bid to deter the new Israeli government — set to be sworn in on Sunday — from carrying out the move with a green light from Washington.
On Tuesday EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said annexation plans and the union’s response to them would be “the most important item on the agenda” of the meeting. READ MORE
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