If Jordan Falls

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In a move that angered Palestinian-Jordanian further, the Jordanian government in recent years has stripped thousands of Palestinians of their Jordanian citizenship in an apparent response to calls to establish a Palestinian state in Jordan. This week, the Jordanian officials revoked the citizenship of PLO officials.

Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian-Jordanian writer who resides in Britain wrote in LiveLeak (March 3, 2012):

Abdullah should realize that Jordan’s Palestinians are fed up with him and his policies and that all of his anti-Israel talk will not deter them from joining the Arab Spring. Abdullah must know that the Palestinian majority in Jordan is more concerned with the daily bread they cannot afford and the dignity they no longer have because of a king who treats them as sub-human…Abdullah and other Arab rulers must realize that bashing Israel will not get them an Arab-Spring exemption.

On January 17, 2012, a group of Jordanian and Palestinian-Jordanians (members of an organization they formed called Jordanian Overseas National Assembly, aka “JONA”) demonstrated outside the White House in Washington DC.  As reported by Hateen, a Jordanian news agency, they have demanded the end of the monarchy and the establishment of a republic, and wrote a manifesto that included such phrases as “we believe in Jordan, not the Hashemite family,” explaining that the Hashemites derived their legitimacy in Jordan primarily from being a Hijazi (Saudi Arabian) family related to the Prophet.  Members of JONA claim that Jordanians, on the other hand, are more organic to the land of Jordan.  Hateen, called the JONA declaration of principles the most dangerous political statement yet faced by the Hashemite Kingdom.  Jordanian MP, Dr. Ahmed Oweidi Al-Abbadi, a controversial figure with strong tribal ties, is sympathetic to JONA’s positions.  He has been recorded expressing his beliefs that King Abdullah II is “occupying the country.”

Palestinian-Jordanians abroad are coming to the realization that the current Palestinian leadership is leading the people towards a dead-end.  The endless postponement of elections, the Fatah-Hamas rivalry, and the possible dismantlement of the Palestinian Authority, makes the idea of “Jordan is Palestine” both attractive and perhaps more realistic than ever.  Without the royal family, Jordan would be a predominantly Palestinian state.  And for the people associated with JONA, and the likes of Dr. Ahmed Oweidi Al-Abbadi, Jordan should be a republic not a monarchy.

In a column that appeared in Ha’aretz, an Israeli daily newspaper, on April 12, 2012, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated, “Discussion about Jordan as a Palestinian State is against Israeli interests and against reality.”  However, should President Assad of Syria fall, King Abdullah II of Jordan may very well be next.  And, given such a scenario, it would be an historic folly for Israel and the international community not to recognize that the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rests on Jordan becoming the Palestinian State.

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  • davarino

    I was wandering when Jordan was going to have their "arab spring". Now the islamic nations will be united and run by islamists. Now the arab nations cant claim ignorance to sponsoring terrorism, because they will be governed by terrorists.

    • Snorbak

      I wouldnt worry too much about Jordan, sooner of later they will be stupid enough, along with Egypt & Syria, & have another crack at Israel & that will be the end of Jordan.

  • Leon

    My guess is that quite a number of people have a very vague and imprecise idea about the meaning of the word “Palestinians” which varies a lot from one person to another.

  • Schlomotion

    "At this juncture in world history, it is imperative that the U.S. and its Western allies begin to examine the possibility of a Palestinian State with its capital being Amman."

    Thus Puder begins his argument on behalf of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by setting the stage to construe their forced deportation as an inevitability and by performing pro bono geopolitical analysis for the bedouins. This runs a risk however. By bringing to light this astroturf group JONA, people are going to get confused between it and hate group JONAH:

  • SweetBillM

    With their many faults, the Monarchs of the Islamic world provided a more just society than the republics that followed. The United States harms itself with the traditional disdain for the monarch. In the chaos of
    Syria, it is difficult to conceive, but would not the restoration of the Monarch be a better way than the current bloodshed? And do consider Iran.

  • stevefraser

    Perhaps the USA discouraged Israel from pushing the obvious: the natural Palestinian state is Jordan….Also, weren't the Sept /// terrorists in the 1970's motivated by the Palestinian peoples expulsion from Jordan?

    • Zionistlibertarian

      It's actually the other way around. The expulsion of Palestinians from Jordan was triggered by Black September.

  • Zionistlibertarian

    Ariel Sharon once said that Israel was mistaken to have supported the Hashemite monarchy during Black September. He said that Israel should've supported the P.L.O. I think a Palestinian state East of the Jordan, even one that is heavily militarized, Islamic fundamentalist, fanatical, radical, etc. would be much easier for Israel to defend itself against, than "peaceful" demilitarized state West of the Jordan. Let the Palestinians have their state on the East Bank. Let them make constant war against Israel to their hearts' content. It would be more difficult for them to fire rockets across the Jordan Valley or the Dead Sea. Israel could easily retaliate with less world condemnation, because they wouldn't have to invade the East Bank, just constantly bomb it. If they provoke Israel enough, Israel could establish a security zone on the East Bank and then withdraw and return as needed. The dynamic would be different from Israel's security zone and then withdrawal from Lebanon, because of the Valley and Dead Sea. There would also be less pressure on Israel to establish a Palestinian state.

  • Dispozadaburka

    I think that Jordan should ask all of their fellow muslim oil rich countries to participate
    in building a wonderful city for the Palestinians in Jordan,
    which is actually their main geneological root.

    That way they can live in paradise with their 'brothers" in complete harmony of Sharia Law.

    There really isn't any reason for war.

    If the muslims really wanted to help the Palestinians (their muslim brothers)
    they have more than enough money and people to do so.
    But the fact is that in Islam
    Jews. Christians and any others who don't submit are not allowed to own land.

    Dhimmi, Dhimmi
    Who be daDhimmi

  • vinni gambini

    Double Bamboozle!
    The so called Palestinians are no more from Palestine as the self appointed Hashemite King is from Jordan.

    Circa 1900's these self appointed Hashemites were transferred from Southern Saudi Arabia in a British/Saud deal to then Trans-Jordan.

    That's what makes this musical chairs nonsense a Double Bamboozle.

    • Abisja

      Yes vinni, you are quite right – and who carries the blame for this blunder to this day – THE BRITS – because they refused to carry out what was decided by the Balfour Declaration,condoned by the League of Nations on July 24, 1922. Come 1939 in a white paper Britain stated that a Jewish State was no more part of British policy. "Musical Chairs" the Brits are masters of this game – ask the Transvaal and Free State Republics in Southern Africa around the 1900's about this. Then it was gold and diamonds; in 1939 it was oil. Shame on you Britannia – "no more ruling the waves" – WHY? -by your own nonsensical, tunnel visioned choices.

  • Ronald Johnston

    The whole world will eventually have to join in eliminating islam. Every conflict in the world today is caused by these radical people!!!!

  • Zionistlibertarian

    How's this for a two-state solution? A Palestinian state in Northern Jordan and a Hashemite/Bedouin state in Southern Jordan. Or how about demanding that Saudi Arabia withdraw from the Hejaz, which is "illegally occupied" Hashemite territory?