Jordan’s King Says Occupation of Palestine Must End
By Staff, Agencies
Bowing to public pressure, Jordan’s King Abdullah II says that solution to the Palestinian issue starts with ending the decades-long “Israeli” occupation, despite Amman's covert attempts to pursue normalization of ties with the Tel Aviv regime.
Addressing the parliament during the opening of a new legislative year, King Abdullah said the Palestinian cause “can only be resolved by reaching a just and comprehensive solution that begins with ending the ‘Israeli’ occupation.”
He underscored that Jordan will continue to safeguard al-Quds’ Islamic and Christian holy sites, under the Hashemite Custodianship.
Since 1924, the Hashemite ruling family of Jordan had been the sole caretakers of the holy sites of both Muslims and Christians, in Eastern al-Quds [Jerusalem], including the al-Aqsa mosque.
“The absence of a horizon for a political solution must not prevent us from supporting our Palestinian brothers and sisters economically, bolstering their steadfastness on their land, and helping them uphold their legitimate rights,” he said.
It comes after the election victory of the far-right “Israeli” coalition led by Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud party. Right after the extremist coalition’s victory, Jordan warned that relations with the “Israeli” occupation entity will deteriorate if the al-Aqsa Mosque’s status quo is affected.
Jordan’s stances on the Palestinian cause seem shaky. On the one hand, it calls for the demolition of the "Israeli" regime, and on the other hand, it seeks cooperation and normalization with the “Israeli” apartheid regime.
Analysts say this is due to its geographic proximity and the fact that at least half of the Jordanian population is of Palestinian descent. Amman is also seeking its own interests in different projects in cooperation with the “Israeli” regime across the region.
In November 2021, Jordan signed a “declaration of intent” with the “Israeli” regime to enter into a negotiating process to discuss the feasibility of a joint energy and water project.
Also, last year in July, "Israeli" media leaked news on a secret meeting between King Abdallah and then-“Israeli” prime minister Naftali Bennett, infuriating Amman, which wished for the meeting to remain undisclosed to the public.
A few months ago, “Israeli” Walla news expressed the "Israeli" regime’s discontent with Amman, saying that Jordan is playing a kind of double game. “They speak against us with unbearable and unacceptable intensity and then explain to everyone behind closed doors that this is their way of calming demands to sever relations with us.”
Also, analysts say that Palestine-Jordan relations have largely been driven by one looming fear, namely that the “Israeli” entity’s attempts to turn Jordan into “the alternative homeland for Palestinians.”
At the time the monarch continues seeking cooperation with the “Israeli” regime, the people of Jordan have on multiple times protested what they called “a forced normalization on the population.”
In April, 76 Jordanian MPs called for severing ties with the “Israeli” occupation and suspending all bilateral agreements between Amman and the “Israeli” regime in light of the ongoing attacks on the al-Aqsa mosque in occupied al-Quds.