Jordan, Palestine ponder joint suspension of Israel agreements

Palestinian protestors waves their national flag during a demonstration commemorating Land Day, near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, on March 30, 2018. (AFP)
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Updated 18 May 2020

Jordan, Palestine ponder joint suspension of Israel agreements

  • ‘Cooperation will be the basis for further Arab harmonization’

AMMAN: Jordanian and Palestinian officials are considering taking simultaneous action including the suspension of their respective agreements with Israel as a reaction to any annexation of lands in the occupied territories.

Ahmad Deek, director of the office of the Palestinian foreign minister, told Arab News that Jordan and Palestine are in close coordination on a response to what is considered an Israeli land theft of Palestinian occupied territory. He said that Jordanian-Palestinian coordination is at “its highest level” despite the constraints imposed by the pandemic.
“We share the same goal and direction and we are certain that Jordanian and Palestinian cooperation will be the basis for further Arab harmonization to stop Israeli efforts,” he said.
Deek praised the recent statements by King Abdullah to the German magazine Der Spiegel. “We are proud of the king’s position as articulated in the recent interview with the German magazine. It sent a clear message to the occupiers.”
Najeeb Qadoumi, a member of the Palestinian National Council, said that all options are open. This includes the suspension of both the Jordan-Israeli 1984 Wadi Arab Treaty and the PLO-Israel 1993 Declaration of Principles.
President Abbas said in his latest speech that if any lands were annexed, there would be no justification to keep the Oslo Accords and the PLO will be free from all its commitments. Annexation is dangerous to both Jordan and Palestine and a joint action will send a powerful message.”
Jordanian MP Yehia Suud said that unilateral Israeli decisions represent a threat to Jordan, and that the people of Jordan are totally behind the statement of King Abdullah to Der Spiegel. “This is the time for the US to stand with the peace camp, not the camp of darkness. We call on the international community to stand up to the Zionist ambitions. Arab and Islamic countries must take an honorable position for justice and peace,” he said. Suud said that the Jordanian parliament has in the past called for the cancellation of the Wadi Arab treaty and the need to abrogate the gas deal.

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The two countries are in ‘close coordination on a response to what is considered an Israeli land theft of Palestinian occupied territory.’

Lamis Andoni, a Jordanian Palestinian analyst and former professor at the University of California in Berkeley, said that annexation would hurt both Palestinians and Jordanians.
“I think both sides need each other and they need to coordinate their steps, but they need to take a number of pre-steps before they make a major joint decision.
“Their position has to be clear and unequivocal, and then the US will take the joint position of Palestine and Jordan seriously. The annexation is a danger to both Palestinians and Jordanians. They should not count on either the US elections or a change of mind by the Israeli government. The cooperation has to be strategic in order to show seriousness.”
Palestinian political analyst Hani Al-Masri told Arab News that there is serious talk in Jordan about the need to suspend or cancel the treaty. Palestinians have to take a strong position on the ground but the leadership’s hands are handcuffed.” Al-Masri said that President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner made it clear to the Palestinians that “no annexation will take place at present.”
Ziad Abu Zayyad, a lawyer and former minister in the Palestinian government, said: “I don’t think it is wise to announce what actions will be taken now; strong positions should be kept until a specific law is presented to the Knesset for a vote.” Abu Zayyad also noted that the situation is very sensitive and that “any decision must be translated into action.”


UAE confirms 659 new coronavirus cases

Updated 26 min 5 sec ago

UAE confirms 659 new coronavirus cases

  • There were three fatalities overnight
  • A total of 419 people were cleared of COVID-19 infections

DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 659 new coronavirus cases overnight after conducting additional 54,000 tests, raising the country’s caseload to 37,018, health ministry officials said.
There were also three fatalities overnight, putting the UAE death toll to 273, state news agency WAM reported.
Another 419 people meanwhile were cleared of COVID-19 infections, bringing patient recoveries to 19,572.
The health ministry reiterated its advisory for people to follow social distancing and other preventive measures to avoid coronavirus transmission.