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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Jordanian Palestinian option fizzles: Debkafile tells us why its prophecy failed

http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2007/05/jordanian-palestinian-option-fizzles.html

DEBKAfile has an explanation for why its prophecy about the Jordanian-Palestinian option fizzled. I predicted snow yesterday. God was going to surprise us, but God heard about my prediction and called it off.
 
It could be, right? I mean, you never know.
 
This looks mighty suspicious to me:
 
To calm Palestinian tempers, prime minister Maaruf al-Bakhit went over to the big Wahdath Palestinian refugee camp near Amman Saturday, May 12. He assured its leaders that government recognition would soon be granted for their rights of permanent residence in the Jordanian kingdom and the ownership of land and their homes, all hitherto denied.
Palestinians are Jordanian citizens and therefore they have "rights of permanent residence." "Right of Return" doesn't mean that Palestinians would be forced to leave the kingdom. If any of this is true, Abdullah was in really big trouble, since he is married to a Palestinian.
 
Ami Isseroff

 
DEBKAfile reveals why Jordan's Abdullah called off Ramallah trip at last minute: a dispute with kingdom's Palestinian community

May 11, 2007, 12:05 PM (GMT+02:00)

Sunday, May 13, part of the royal entourage was already aboard two of the three royal helicopters ready for takeoff for Ramallah. There, a meeting had been scheduled between the king and Mahmoud Abbas on Amman's plan to restore Jordan's influence on the West Bank as the centerpiece of a new peace drive. However, Jordan's Palestinian community was roused to fury by DEBKAfile's exclusive and detailed disclosure of the plan on Friday, May 11. Ramallah too was seriously embarrassed. (This disclosure appears in a separate item on this page.)

The 3.5 million Palestinians of the Hashemite kingdom (more than half the total population of 6 million) suspect the plan to link Jordan to the West Bank is merely a device to get rid of them by relocating them in the future Palestinian state. Indeed the last thing Jordan's Palestinians want is repatriation under the "right of return," although it is demanded as a central proviso of every Arab master plan for peace with Israel, including the Saudi blueprint of 2007.

To calm Palestinian tempers, prime minister Maaruf al-Bakhit went over to the big Wahdath Palestinian refugee camp near Amman Saturday, May 12. He assured its leaders that government recognition would soon be granted for their rights of permanent residence in the Jordanian kingdom and the ownership of land and their homes, all hitherto denied.

Still up in arms, Jordan's Palestinians then turned to Ramallah and asked Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to force King Abdullah to make a formal commitment to respect their rights of residence in… Jordan.

This demand put Abbas in a cleft stick: On the one hand, he was reluctant to let the largest external Palestinian community down, but on the other, he could hardly fight for its permanent settlement outside the future Palestine. This would make nonsense of his and the Arab League position that Israel must grant the "right of return" in any peace accord.

Faced with irreconcilable options, Abbas asked the king to deny the DEBKAfile report - especially the former Jordanian prime minister' Abdul Salem Majali's meetings with Israeli politicians.

Abdullah was unable to satisfy Abbas without derailing an important diplomatic enterprise solidly backed by leading court advisers and Jordan's security services. He would also look bad after urging world leaders, including George W. Bush, to hurry up and achieve a breakthrough in the stalled Middle East peace process before the end of 2007.

In these circumstances, the King of Jordan decided two hours before his scheduled takeoff for Ramallah Sunday, to pluck a downpour of rain out of the blue skies overhead.


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