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Friday, March 28, 2008

Jordanian opposition introduces bill to abrogate treaty with Israel

Ten opposition legislators, including six Islamists, have introduced a bill in the Jordanian parliament calling for abrogating the treaty with Israel that was signed in 1994 (Hat Tip: Nathan in Teaneck, New Jersey).
The treaty ``is unfair and hurts Jordanian, Palestinian and Arab interests,'' lawmaker Hamza Mansur said in an interview today in the capital, Amman. Mansur, among the Islamist legislators who presented the proposal yesterday in the lower house, heads the Islamic Action Front, a six-member bloc from the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing.

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein signed the treaty on Oct. 26, 1994. Jordan became the second Arab country to have a treaty with the Jewish state. Egypt and Israel signed a peace accord in 1979.

Israel ``proves every day that it is a source of evil in the region and it threatens the security of the Middle East and it commits crimes against the Palestinian people and, contrary to this, the United States continues to support it unconditionally and becomes a partner in the crimes of the Zionist entity,'' Mansur said.

There was no specific comment on the bill from Israel's government.
Everyone in this country assumes that treaties are forever. While I don't expect this legislation to pass - at least at this time (the Islamists are a small minority in Jordan's parliament), I would not rule it out at some point in the future.


At 5:01 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

No treaty lasts forever. People assume things are going to be the same for centuries. A look at history shows us that beyond a human lifetime things have a way of changing that no one can quite foresee.


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