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Jordan Sets the Tone for Kerry’s Visit: Choose Surrender or War

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Jordan’s King Abdullah warned on Wednesday that if Israel does not accept Palestinian Authority demands, a “stalemate in peace efforts would cause an explosion in Palestinian-Israeli ties in a sort of Arab Spring-like protests, taking the form of either a new intifada or a cycle of violence and counter-violence.”

His statement to the mass circulation London-based AsharqAlawasat daily came one day before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry brings his peace plane to Israel, with a stop in Jordan before coming to Israel.

Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has cleverly lined up his diplomatic guns and mined the diplomatic field so that wherever Israel steps, it faces an explosion. UNESCO is meeting this week and has passed a resolution condemning Israel for allegedly damaging the Old City through excavations that supposedly threaten the collapse of the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount.

The Saudi Gazette chipped in with another headline that Israel’s archaeological excavations intend to bring down the mosque actually are preparations for the building of a new Holy Temple.

And U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry did his bit by telling his staffers at the embassy in Jeddah on Tuesday. “The relationship with Saudi Arabia is one of our really super-important ones for a lot of obvious reasons… Saudi Arabia has been particularly helpful…thanks to King Abdullah on a major peace initiative, the Arab Peace Initiative…securing the support of all of the Arab League as well as most Muslim countries in the world, to support the notion that if we can resolve the differences with respect to creating a Palestinian state, that you could wind up with peace with every single one of those countries.”

That is in a nutshell the heart of American thinking. Wrap up the Saud Peace Initiative, get the Jews of the Old City, Ramot, French Hill, Gilo and anywhere else they were forbidden from living under the Jordanian occupation between 1948 and 1967, and there will be peace.

Kerry forgot to note that the Saudi Initiative provides for “normalization” and not the “establishment” of diplomatic ties, but so what?

The Secretary of State also dished out Hallelujahs for the Arab League, who met in Washington a few months ago and actually were willing to talk about changing the original Saudi plan to enable land swaps.

That “was something new and different, and frankly, it brought some feedback, some kickback, from people who didn’t like the fact that they were willing to show that kind of leadership,” said Kerry in Jeddah.

That fits in well with the Saudi foreign minister’s statement that a Palestinian Authority state must have “continuous borders,” meaning Israel would keep areas such as Maaleh Adumim in return for giving the Palestinian Authority land to connect Gaza and Ramallah.

That would mean lopping off a few thousand acres of prime agricultural land and Jewish towns from Sderot to the area of Kiryat Gat until it ties in with the PA west of Hevron.

Of course, no sane Arab with Israeli citizenship living in those areas would give up benefits from the Israeli government for the privilege of living under a Palestinian Authority welfare state, but neither Kerry nor Jordan’s King Abdullah looks that far into the future.

Kerry has one future – a peace agreement, no matter what,

King Abdullah has another future planned. His inciting warning of violence is classic “adaptive expectation,” whereby one’s expectations put into action events that bring about the desired results.

Three is nothing like the promise of war to bring about war.

In the king’s own words, the expected violence in the absence of Israeli surrender will result “from the loss of hope for the two-state formula and the emergence of a one-state reality where Palestinians are persecuted.”

“This would trigger a popular revolution venting the injustice the Palestinians have been historically subjected to,” he added.

He had the audacity to say that despite his prediction of violence, “As for us in Jordan, we are effectively contributing to creating a positive atmosphere that can help the Palestinians and Israelis return to direct negotiations.”

For clinchers, he said mentioned the new legal status of the Palestinian state, referring to the United Nations General Assembly resolution last November that gave Abbas an upgraded status, which allowed its becoming a member of UNESCO.

Jordan Moves to Scrap Peace Treaty over Arrest of Jerusalem Mufti

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

The arrest of the Jerusalem Mufti on Tuesday for throwing chairs at Jews on the Temple Mount prompted the Jordanian parliament on Wednesday to demand that King Abdullah expel the Israeli envoy. The legislators also called to start a draft for a law to scrap the peace treaty with Israel.

Police arrested an Arab from entering the Temple Mount, and an enraged Grand Mufti and other Arabs began throwing plastic chairs at five Jews who entered the Temple Mount under police escort. Arab media said they prostrated themselves, an act of prayer that the Waqf prohibits, except for Muslims.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Washington Post the group did not carry out any act of prayer. As usual, Palestinian Authority media exaggerated the entire scene. Arab media always report that Jews “stormed” the Temple Mount. The Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported that 50, and not five, Jews prostrated themselves.

Israeli police stepped in to end the clash before it could get out of hand and arrested the Mufti, a rare action.

It did not take much time for Jordan to hear of the altercation, and the country’s parliament unanimously agreed that the kingdom should expel the Israeli ambassador and recall its own ambassador from Tel Aviv. The parliament added its own imagination to the facts and claimed that Israel is trying to build a bridge between the Al Aqsa mosque and Jerusalem “settlements.” The parliament also called for drafting legislation to scrap the peace treaty with Israel.

Several hours later, Israel released the Mufti, which probably was not related to the Jordanian parliament’s move. The government knows full well that the Arab world will not sit passive with the Jerusalem Mufti being taken from his home for interrogation.

The U.S. State Department was asked by reporters to comment on the fuss, and assistant spokesman Patrick Ventrell told them, “We urge all sides to respect the status quo of this holy site and to exercise restraint and refrain from provocative actions.

As usual, the State Dept. does not what it is talking about.

Status quo? From when? From 1967?

The Israeli government passed the Protection of Holy Places Law on June 27, 1967.

It states:

“The Holy Places shall be protected from desecration and any other violation and from anything likely to violate the freedom of access of the members of the different religions to the places sacred to them or their feelings with regard to those places.”

The wise State Dept. does not also know much about the Mufti, Muhammad Ahmad Hussein.

In 2006, he stated that suicide bombings of Israelis were “legitimate, of course, as long as it plays a role in the resistance.”

On the other hand, one could say he simply was maintaining the status quo, which the Oslo Accords and the peace treaty with Jordan changed.

Jordan controlled the Temple Mount until the Six-Day War in 1967. Before then, Amman did not let Jews visit holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem. It also prohibited Christians from most churches and holy sites in the Old City, Judea and Samaria, except for few and far between visiting foreign dignitaries.

After Jerusalem was restored to Israel in 1967, the Israeli government didn’t want to have much to do with the Temple Mount for many reasons, not the least of which was the concern of a religious war with Muslims as well as the complicated and complex issue in Jewish law of whether it is even permitted for a Jew to ascend to the site of the destroyed First and Second Temples.

The government left authority for the Temple Mount site in the hands of the Muslim Waqf site, with the stipulation that Israeli police could patrol the site and enter the mosque area, if necessary.

The “status quo” ended in 1969, when an Australian evangelical Christian tried to burn down the mosque to hasten the Second Coming, if not World War III.

Muslims began to renovate buildings on the Temple Mount and tried to minimize the presence of Israel soldiers. A plot by a Jewish underground movement to blow up he Al Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock to awaken Jews to a spiritual revival, or alternatively, bring on World War III.

Bibi Kissed the Ring, Erdoğan: Apology ‘Exactly the Way We Wanted’

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday addressed the agreement on the renewal of his country’s diplomatic relations with Israel, complete with reinstating each country’s ambassadors. Erdogan said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s apology was “the way we wanted it.”

The rapprochement between the two leaders had been organized by visiting U.S. President Barack Obama, minutes before he departed to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah.

Obama insisted that Netanyahu end the feud with Erdoğan, particularly in light of the deteriorating situation in Syria. Both countries stand to benefit from cooperation in the political, military and intelligence aspects of the Syrian civil war, a cooperation that had been severed following the Gaza flotilla affair.

The wording of Netanyahu’s apology was a tad elusive, and different from the original Turkish demand for an apology for the killing of its citizens. Instead, the wording the two sides finally agreed to include “an apology to the Turkish people for a mistake that could lead to loss of human life.”

The alteration was based on the Israeli investigation of the incident, which indicated a number of operational errors during the takeover of the Turkish boat Mavi Marmara.

During the conversation, Netanyahu clarified that the tragic consequences of the flotilla were not intentional. He expressed regret in the name of the State of Israel over the loss of human life. The two leaders also agreed that Israel will transfer reparations to a humanitarian fund established specifically for the families of the victims, instead of paying reparations directly to the families, as the Turks originally demanded.

Erdogan, who took back some of the things said against Zionism, agreed to stop the existing legal proceedings against IDF soldiers, including any proceedings which were to be opened in the future.

The Turkish prime minister rescinded his unequivocal demand to remove Israel’s blockade on Gaza. At the same time, Netanyahu noted during the conversation the easing of the closure which has already taken place. The two leaders agreed to continue working together to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Former (and future) Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, who currently heads the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, criticized the apology, calling it “a serious error that affects the motivation of IDF soldiers.”

Except, that, considering the fact that IDF soldiers were lowered from a chopper onto the Mavi Marmara’s deck to be beaten mercilessly like Jewish pinatas, just knowing that stupid, callused decisions like that won’t be made again could go a long way to improve IDF morale.

Knowing that Ehud Barack, the architect of that victory, is no longer at the helm at the Defense Ministry, is also a big relief.

Indeed, the new Minister of Defense Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon was very much in favor of restoring relations with the Turks, even at the cost of his boss eating a few slices of humble pie.

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