A New Rift between Jordan and the Palestinians

Last week, Jordan’s King Abdullah II gave his annual speech marking the anniversary of his country’s independence. Pinhas Inbari explains the implications of his remarks on the Palestinians:

Abdullah stated that Palestine is part of the “Arabism” [uruba] of the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks declared on June 5, 1916, and stressed the centrality of the al-Aqsa Mosque as the primary responsibility of the Hashemites [Jordan’s ruling dynasty]. . . . [He thus] ignored Palestinian desires for a state—and Palestinian nationalism in general. . . .

The speech came after a progressive deterioration in relations between Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to the point of a break between the king and the head of the PA, Mahmoud Abbas. . . . Looming over the Jordanian-PA rift is the possible Jordanian option of closing the bridges over the Jordan River as Egypt closed its Rafah crossing with Gaza.

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