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January 30, 2012
Hamas denounces Jordan as Palestinian homeland
The head of Hamas has found it necessary to speak out against the rising movement to allow the Palestinian majority to replace the Hashemite monarchy with a democratic regime that would become the Palestinian homeland. Khaled Meshaal, the head of Hamas, visited King Abdullah of Jordan on Jan 29 and made a special point of saying publically:
King Abdullah added his two cents:
Of course they were both referring specifically to the efforts of Mudar Zahran to do just that, namely, "turn Jordan into a substitute homeland" for the Palestinians.
I am glad they went public with this issue. Zahran's plan and its opposition are now front page news.
Meshaal referred to it as "Israel's scheme" without any evidence in support. But that is to be expected, because Hamas blames Israel for everything.
Israel, for its part, wants nothing to do with it. She wants the status quo and the Peace treaty with Jordan to remain. Zahran, for his part, wants nothing to do with Israel. It would just prejudice his chances of success. Zahran is doing this for the Palestinians living in Jordan and not for Israel.
Dr Josef Olmert in Huffington Post dealt with this today:
"The rhetoric was harsh, and to many in Israel it seemed totally irrelevant, as the King knows full well that the current Israeli government completely rejects the Jordan-is-Palestine outcry. It seemed that the King has decided to assume a new role -- that of the regional pontificator-in-chief, particularly when it concerns Israel and its PM Benjamin Netanyahu. "
But there is nothing new here in that both Hamas and Abdullah don't want Jordan to become Palestine. This would be so even if Zahran were not organizing his Jordanian Palestinians.
The idea that Israel is behind it, real or imagined, would fortify their efforts to prevent it though no more fortifications are necessary.
If the Muslim Brotherhood really believed that they would win the elections, they would insist on them at a time of their choosing. Their alliance with Abdullah would only be temporary. This supports Zahran's argument that the Muslim Brotherhood would not win the elections, the Palestinians would.
Israel's real concern is that Zahran's initiative may destabilize the peace treaty with Jordan. This treaty was threatened by the King when Israel poisoned Meshaal in 1996 in Jordan, resulting in the King demanding from Israel the antidote on pain of ending the treaty.
Jordan is not stable now and is expected to be less stable if and when Assad falls. One cannot expect that things will remain as they are. Either Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood will take over and kill the peace deal, as they are threatening to do in Egypt, or Zahran will succeed.
Certainly Israel has a stake in developments. It is for her to decide whether to be passive or active.
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