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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Peace with Jordan?

It's been seventeen years since Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty pursuant to which Jordan dropped all territorial claims against Israel and agreed to make peace in exchange for land. And on June 5, the 44th anniversary of the outbreak of the Six Day War, an op-ed appeared in the Jordanian daily al-Dustour, which admitted that the Arab (not 'Palestinian' - Arab) struggle against Israel is existential.
"The events of history, both ancient and recent, have proven that the Arab ummah has no other path to ensure its survival, to repel the Zionist aggression, and to liberate the land, Jerusalem, and Al-Aqsa Mosque but [the path of] unity, the unification of fronts, the use of force, the utilization of the ummah's resources toward [resolving] its issues, the strengthening of democracy, and respect for human rights. It has already been proven that dictatorship, oppression, and corruption are incapable of state-building or of repelling aggression. They have been and will remain instruments of destruction rather than of construction, and the main cause of the long series of defeats suffered by the ummah.

"Arab Jordan, under its illustrious Hashemite leadership, has worked toward building Arab solidarity and [resolving] inter-Arab disputes as the only path by which to unite fronts and [solidify] a unified and effective stance that can stand up to the Zionist genocidal enterprise, which poses a threat to the entire ummah. Jordan has invested all its diplomatic and material capabilities in supporting its brother Palestinian people and that people's just struggle to realize its national and historical rights, its right to establish an independent state on its national land with holy Jerusalem as its capital, and [the right of] return for refugees.

"On the 44th anniversary of the Zionist aggression against the ummah on June 5, 1967, the eternal facts are verified: The struggle with this enemy is an existential struggle rather than a territorial one, and it requires the ummah to adopt all means and measures that will lead to victory and repel the Zionist invaders...

"After four decades, it has been proven that the entire ummah has no enemy other than the Zionist enemy that insists on banishing the Palestinian people from its homeland, despoiling [its] holy places, and Judaizing Jerusalem."
And the Obama administration and the European Union want us to trade more land for more 'peace' like this?

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At 10:12 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

As long as the Hashemites remain in power, Israel can expect the "cold" peace with Jordan to last. If there is a change of regime in Jordan, all bets are off. That is precisely why Israel cannot make more concessions at a time when the Middle East situation is unclear. What is clear is peace with the Palestinians is not in the cards in our lifetime.

At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, from what Carl has posted previously, this could be a fancy shmancy way of telling the Palestinians of Jordan, hey guys pack your bags and head west over the Jordan River. Palestine is yonder. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Domestically, Obama and the EU bureaufatcrats are perfectly happy to spend other folks money to build the master utopia perennially aborning. Hop skip and a jump to selling out other people's land, national security, religious rights...


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