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Monday, February 06, 2012

Why Hamas is backing Abdullah

The fact that Jordan's King Abdullah met with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal at all would have been unthinkable just a few short years ago. And the statement Meshaal made - backing Abdullah's regime - would have been even more shocking.

Let's go to the videotape.

So why are these seemingly sworn enemies suddenly reconciling? Well, they're not, writes Martin Sherman. Former US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles (who was virulently anti-Israel, by the way) is known to have quipped "The United States does not have friends. It has interests." Well, so do Hamas and Jordan. And Israel needs to take note of them.
But far more intriguing is why Hamas and the Islamist opposition need the king. This puzzle is a matter of crucial consequence for Israel – and the answer to it seems to lie in the question of “Palestine.”

For to keep alive their claim for a Palestinian state west of the Jordan, they cannot permit the establishment of manifestly “Palestinian” state east of the river – which would be the case if the Hashemite monarchy was deposed and the Palestinian majority populace took control of the country. If a new political entity emerged, geographically situated on almost 80% of what was the original Mandatory Palestine, that has a Palestinian majority as the source of popular sovereignty, it would be increasingly difficult deny that this was a “Palestinian state.”

Such a development might severely undermine the claim that the Palestinians are “stateless.”

Hamas appears keenly aware of this “ominous” possibility! Indeed, Al Jazeera’s report on Mashaal’s reference to the matter is hugely significant: “Mashaal also responded to calls from some in Israel for the establishment of a Palestinian homeland in Jordan as a substitute for the Palestinian refugees’ right to return. ‘The Hamas movement categorically rejects all alternative homeland projects in Jordan and we insist on restoring all our rights fully so that Palestine is Palestine and Jordan is Jordan.’”
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At 9:54 PM, Blogger Jesterhead45 said...

I assume the following link might also have to do with why hama's is backing Jordan, essentially they like the salafi cleric in the link probably also believe that one of king abdullah's son is a future sunni caliph.


At 10:55 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Hamas will adopt the Hezbollah plan. They will grow like a cancer inside Jordan until they essentially control the country, just as Hezbollah did in Lebanon.


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