No Arab Leader Will Be Able to Accept Trump's Peace Plan, ex-Jordanian FM Says

Marwan Muasher warns that the White House plan will hurt Jordan, noting that Amman can block the plan by ending security coordination with Israel ■ Former Israeli official: Muasher's statement is 'sad but not surprising'

Jordan's former foreign minister, Marwan Muasher, addressing the 59th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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A former Jordanian foreign minister says his country should cut all its ties with Israel in response to the peace plan the Trump administration is expected to unveil in the near future.

Marwan Muasher, who was the Hashemite Kingdom's foreign minister and deputy prime minister from 2002 to 2005, wrote in an article published last week in Jordan that Trump's peace plan will hurt Jordan and should be rejected by the Kingdom and the rest of the Arab world. 

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Muasher, who is currently Vice President for Studies at the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment, wrote in the Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad that Jordan can block Trump's peace plan by ending its security coordination with Israel, cancelling a gas deal between the two countries and increasing Arab support for the Palestinians who live under Israel's control. 

Muahser cautioned in his article that Trump's plan won't include "the minimum Arab and Palestinian demands" and that it is, in effect, a "full surrender" by the administration to the demands of Israel's right-wing government. "There is no Arab leader or citizen who can accept this 'solution'", he added. 

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During his time as foreign minister, Muasher was a vocal supporter of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which included an offer by all Arab countries to recognize Israel and sign peace agreements with it, in return for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.

His call to cut all ties with Israel was described as "sad, but not surprising" by a former Israeli official who had worked with him. "He is one of many prominent people in Jordan who have adopted a more hostile view towards us in recent years," the former official, who asked not to be named, told Haaretz. 

Jordan and other Arab countries have repeatedly told the Trump administration's peace team that they won't be able to support any peace plan that doesn't include an independent Palestinian state, with a capital in East Jerusalem. So far, however, there are no signs that the administration will include that in its peace plan. Last month it was reported that Saudi Arabia is also insisting on those demands as part of any peace plan. 

On Sunday, Israel's Channel 10 reported that Jordanian King Abdullah complained to Trump in a recent meeting that the United States was not sharing the contents of its peace plan with Jordan. During the same conversation, according to the report, King Abdullah told Trump that many young Palestinians have given up on a two-state solution and would rather become citizens of Israel, to which Trump replied that in such a scenario, Israel could soon have an Arab prime minister.