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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More about: Al-Aqsa Mosque, Hashemites, Jordan, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinians, Politics & Current Affairs

Distrust of the Supreme Court Led Likud Voters to Rally around Netanyahu

Jan. 17 2020

A few weeks ago, Benjamin Netanyahu handily won the Likud party’s primary election, receiving 72 percent of the votes. He won despite the fact that he is facing indictments on corruption charges that could interfere with his ability to govern if he remains Israel’s premier, and despite the credible challenge mounted by his opponent, Gideon Sa’ar. Evelyn Gordon credits the results not to love of Netanyahu but to resentment of Israel’s overweening Supreme Court:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli politics, Israeli Supreme Court