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Israeli Right Wants End to Peace With Jordan

Israel has big plans for Jordan, but they don’t include King Abdullah II

Rogel Alpher
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King Abdullah speaks in Amman, Jordan November 10, 2019.
King Abdullah speaks in Amman, Jordan November 10, 2019. Credit: MUHAMMAD HAMED/ REUTERS
Rogel Alpher
Rogel Alpher

Israel has big plans for Jordan, but they don’t include King Abdullah II. A long list of articles by right-wing commentators, PR hacks for the government, which were published over the past month in media (Caroline Glick in Israel Hayom, Aryeh Eldad in Maariv, Motti Karpel in Makor Rishon and others), raised similar arguments and identical conclusions.

Coincidence? Maybe. It is more reasonable to assume the similarity stems from briefings by the same official. All these articles have the same objective: Blowing up the peace treaty with Jordan.

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It seems that annexing the Jordan Valley is a tactical move meant to kill two birds with one stone: Both to bring about the annexation of the West Bank and also to lead to the rescinding of the peace treaty with Jordan. The strategic goal is the overthrowing of the Hashemite royal house and fulfilling the dream of Jordan as Palestine.

The Israeli right – be they Bibi backers or supporters of an alternative such as Gideon Sa’ar – is a partner in this vision. This of course includes Sa’ar himself, who is an enthusiastic supporter of the idea that Jordan is Palestine. The right wing hates Abdullah and speaks about him as the “servant who rose to be king,” an arrogant Arab who dares to lift his head. According to the right, the Hashemites were artificially put on the throne by the British and as a result their rule is foreign and illegitimate.

The racist ego of the right is outraged and angry in light of the backbone Abdullah has been demonstrating. Who is he after all to dare to oppose the annexation of the Jordan Valley by Israel? Israel is holding him by the balls, his continued rule depends on Israel and its benevolence. If he just dares to open his mouth about the Jordan Valley, Israel will turn off his water supply. The goal is to humiliate Abdullah, to drive him crazy, until he suspends or revokes the peace agreement – and then it will be possible to act to remove him from power.

The Israeli right is hoping for a “Jordanian Spring,” an uprising by the Palestinian majority in the kingdom that will flood the streets with protests until the revolution is carried out. When Abdullah is expelled in disgrace and the Palestinians rule Jordan it will be possible to complete the annexation of the West Bank and the establishment of a confederation between the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Palestinian Jordan. The Palestinians in the West Bank will receive political rights in Jordan, and not of course in Israel. That’s the plan. Abdullah is interfering with its implementation. The peace treaty with Jordan is interfering with its implementation – so they will be removed from its path.

Jordan is also bothering the right on the Temple Mount. Another flood of articles in the right-wing media concerns the desire and right of Jews to change the status quo on the Temple Mount. The most minimal demand is to allow Jews free access to pray there. The maximalist demand is the demolition of the al-Aqsa Mosque and the rebuilding of the Temple. The Jordanian Waqf is in the way – they are also too proud and arrogant.

This is another reason to remove the person who is giving the Waqf his backing, King Abdullah, and to revoke the peace treaty that recognizes the special status and role of Jordan on the Temple Mount.

In this respect, Abdullah’s decision not to renew the leasing agreement for the lands of Tzofar and Naharayim plays into the hands of the right, and maybe that is why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not make a particularly great effort to change it. Maybe this is also the reason (in addition to the rebuke he suffered from his son Yair) why Netanyahu embraced the Israeli security guard who killed two Jordanian citizens.

The right wants to heat up the region, to fill it with bad blood. This treaty is also seen as just another remnant from the period of the traitorous Oslo Accords, even before the traitorous act of the traitor Yitzhak Rabin. Overthrowing Abdullah is the key as far as the right is concerned to annexing the West Bank without annexing millions of Palestinians without rights.

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