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Jordan Says No to Kerry ‘Conspiracy’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Amman, Jordan.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Amman, Jordan.
Photo Credit: U.S. State Department

Originally published at Gatestone Institute.

Jordan’s government officials and ordinary citizens have come out against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposals for reaching a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Jordanians fear that such an agreement would be concluded at their expense and undermine King Abdullah’s rule.

The Jordanians’ biggest fear is that Kerry is seeking to “resettle” Palestinian refugees in their country, effectively turning the kingdom into a Palestinian state. Palestinians constitute more than half of Jordan’s population.

More than 2,000 Jordanians from various political groups gathered in Amman on February 2 to condemn Kerry’s “malicious conspiracy.”

Protesters claimed that Kerry’s proposals are aimed at “liquidating” the Palestinian cause and ending the Israeli-Arab conflict without granting the Palestinians their full rights, including the “right of return” to Israel.

A group of retired Jordanian army generals issued a statement warning their government against accepting Kerry’s proposals. The retired generals expressed fear that the proposals were designed to “settle” Palestinians in Jordan.

“Jordan is going through a dangerous historic moment,” the statement read. “This is an American-Zionist plot to liquidate the Palestinian cause at the expense of Jordan.”

The retired generals, headed by member of parliament Abdel Hadi Majali, vowed to use all means to block Kerry’s proposals, which are aimed at “dismantling the foundations of the kingdom and diluting the Jordanian national identity by dropping the right of return for Palestinians and granting them Jordanian citizenship.”

Jordanian columnist Fatin al-Baddad said that Jordan was extremely worried because Kerry was ignoring any role for the kingdom in his efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Noting that Jordanians have declared an intifada [uprising] against Kerry and his proposed “framework agreement,” al-Baddad said that the Jordanian people are furious because they feel that the U.S. Administration has “marginalized” the kingdom.

“Jordan’s politicians and parties want to alert the world that Jordan is playing host [to Palestinians] and no agreement can pass without Jordan,” he wrote. “Jordanians believe that Kerry is offering to turn Jordan into a Palestinian state.”

Last month, dozens of prominent Jordanian figures, including former parliament members and party leaders, also expressed fear that Kerry was seeking to turn Jordan into a Palestinian state.

A petition published by the same group even called on the Jordan’s government to revoke the Jordanian citizenship granted to Palestinians after 1988, when the late King Hussein “divorced” the West Bank by cutting off administrative and legal ties with it.

“The heroic Jordanian people will struggle with all their force and means to thwart this scheme, regardless of the price,” the petition cautioned.

On February 2, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh appeared before parliament to voice his concern over Kerry’s ideas. In a bid to calm the parliament members, Judeh declared that Jordan would not be an alternative homeland for the Palestinians.

“This is a red line and we can not accept it,” Judeh said, stressing that Jordan would not accept any deal that comes at the kingdom’s expense.”

Judeh also hinted that Jordan would demand compensation for playing host to the Palestinians over the past few decades. “Jordan has rights as a host country for Palestinian refugees,” he added.

Following the session, the members of parliament issued a statement which also warned against Kerry’s ostensible scheme to establish a Palestinian state in Jordan.

“There is a state of fear among Jordanians and Arabs that Kerry’s plan might succeed in involving the Palestinians in a new agreement that extracts from them political concessions so as to establish a Palestinian state with no borders and sovereignty,” the statement said.

About the Author: Khaled Abu Toameh, an Arab Muslim, is a veteran award-winning journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades.


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16 Responses to “Jordan Says No to Kerry ‘Conspiracy’”

  1. The world is walking into a trap set up by the Creator. The Bible is still ahead of everyone else because this whole situation is discussed in detail by several prophets set apart from all others by Yahweh. Reality will soon sink in when the anointed king comes because he will wage war against all the nations that oppose his laws and he will destroy them that oppose him. It will be unlike any other. The strength the king of Israel holds will be like that of Moses before him. The USA should not be stepping on Israel because the land is ours for the taking back. Netanyahu needs to be courageous otherwise I will replace him because I’m not accepting this weak Israel deal. My people deserve better but they also need to step up to the plate of doing Torah.

  2. kissenger usedthe israeli militery as a security buffer for jordans defense.kerry just may have to come to bibi on his hands and knees to ask for israels’ help.

  3. kerry needs to go home and plant a garden,,he is not one for the world issue and no way for the Yisroel factor!!!

  4. kerry needs to go home and plant a garden,,he is not one for the world issue and no way for the Yisroel factor!!!

  5. I applaud Jordan and it's King. DO NOT DO ANYTHING WITH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION – they destroy, maim or ruin "everything they touch". Ask us, America is in a "death spiral" from these evil leaders.

  6. Bridj says:

    Recommend Western Iraq for the PA Arab
    extension. Western Jordanian border of Jordanians…

  7. Simply put, Kerry is merely the mouthpiece of President Obama. Sadly the president is merely trying to reverse the good done by Bush; namely Israel has the right to defend herself. Obama's actions will only put Israel at more risk . The Islamic world has not changed one iota in it's efforts to destroy Israel and the Jew.

  8. As I have said repeatedly, anything that Kerry or the boy king say or do is all controlled by the drive to turn the entire middle east into a muslim state ruled and totally controlled by radical muslim leaders following the strict muslim "law". Any agreement that these two push is bad for Israel and the entire middle east and America also. The America people as a whole do not support or respect the actions or talk of these to fools so please do not judge Americans or America by their actions or comments. Kerry and the boy king are truly dangerous, please beware of them and their ideas. If you value Israel at all you will not support them in any way.

  9. Earl W. Littlefield Jr says:

    Kerry & Obama "speak of peace" while spreading chaos & death……

  10. WOW! The Saudi Abdullah, with the help of the Brits stole their country from both the Jews and the non-Beduins.

  11. WOW!!! Wonder why we have not heard this on TV news….hhhmmm??? Whoohoo for Jordan's King and their people. It takes courage to stand up to bullying US politicians that have sunken to sacrificing anyone for their won agenda. Very sad to say but it's true. I'm embarrassed for our nation.

  12. I'm still laughing and applauding Jordan…………….

  13. The King is in survival mode, not making a heroic stand against Obama's foreign policies. Many of us don't realize that other countries have their own issues they're dealing with and they have a right to protect their own best interests like we do. Sometimes, it's not about us. It's not about US.

    And to be honest, when we get past our differences and the imaginary lines we've used to carve up the world, we may have a chance, as a species, to walk out from the shadows and the ashes that would have buried us if we were to face the future challenges alone. We don't have a snowball's chance as we are though. The King isn't the only one in survival mode…all of us are an endangered species, but most of us don't know it yet.

  14. Bobby Harris says:

    you know why its not on news because they don't want to be fired or lose their jobs and they don't care they hide the news to keep the truth from being known and that's the devils work he is using them now for his dark forces at work. and I am sure of this john Kerry is an evil one now being used by the devil who know him as satan yes its true I can see it clearly. I am glad king Abdullah stood up and spoke out against him Kerry has already committed serious malicious conspiracy there and is telling u.s. senators do not listen to Israel about iran he is now brainswashing u.s. and its soon gonna boil over and we will be fighting these evil people in Washington. but don't worry god will take care of it, if you love Israel and support Israel then you are okay god will bless you for it. evil will never triumph at all I am sure of that for sure. America is gonna be soon hit with bad things to come because of Washington DC being evil. its already gonna hit with bad storms floods and all that terrible things because of Obama and Kerry and joe biden Vice pres of u.s. all evil America will be punished for listening to Washington DC lies and and bad mouthing about things.

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