The people who rejected the Jordanian option will now get an independent Palestine - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    The last time the Jordanian option was accepted by Jordan was in 1987, when Foreign Minister Peres worked out the deal with King Hussein. Unfortunately, the ideological Likud PM Shamir rejected it. In 1988, Hussein renounced all claims to the West Bank and left the Palestinians to deal with Israel. Sovereignty of Jordan over the West Bank (aka Jordanian option) would have been very convenient for Israel. Jordan has Amman as a capital city, so they would not have demanded that Jerusalem become one. Also, Jordan would have been a much softer negotiator on land since they have much of their own. But the Likudniks rejected the deal for insistence on Greater Israel. Now the UN is going to recognize an independent Palestine in the 1967 border (up to land swaps). The pragmatist Ben Gurion managed to established an internationally recognized Jewish state. The ideological Likud which insisted on the MAX will get the MIN, zero. There is a lesson in this.

    from the article: Wanted: Pragmatic Israeli policies instead of ideology
    First published 14:23 19.09.11 | Last updated 14:23 19.09.11
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