KING OF JORDAN WARNS OF “MASSIVE CONFLICT” IF ISRAEL ANNEXES WEST BANK


16/05/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- King Abdullah II of Jordan said on in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel on Friday that Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank “will lead to a massive conflict with Jordan". Abdullah insisted that a two-state solution was “the only way forward” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, so that Israel should abandon its plan to annex parts of the West Bank.

When asked what would happen if the Palestinian National Authority collapsed, “There would be more chaos and extremism in the region. If Israel really annexed the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan... I don’t want to make threats and create an atmosphere of loggerheads, but we are considering all options,” Abdullah said.

Abdullah also said that annexation plan is against the peace deal that was signed between Israel and Jordan in 1994. Jordan is one of two Arab countries, along with Egypt, that signed a peace treaty with Israel. Jordan has a large Palestinian population and is deeply promoting two-state solution. “Leaders who advocate a one-state solution do not understand what that would mean,” Abdullah told in the interview. According to an opinion paper Marwan al-Muasher, the former Foreign Minister of Jordan and the country's first ambassador to Israel wrote on ynetnews.com, annexation of the West Bank is against Jordanian national interests since the elimination of any probability for a Palestinian state constitutes a direct threat to Jordanian independence and sovereignty.

The postponement of Benjamin Netanyahu’s inauguration from Wednesday to Thursday due to a surprise visit from U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised the doubts on the thought that Trump administration wants to make sure that Netanyahu works properly to eradicate the “two-state solution” in the West Bank.  On January, Donald Trump formally declared his Middle East Peace Plan in a White House press conference alongside Netanyahu, although no Palestinian authorities were invited for negotiations.


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