Response to Jordan’s King Abdullah “If I were an Israeli, I would be afraid”

Earlier this week, King Abdullah of Jordan has spoken about recent events in the Middle East and has also talked about Israel. Jordan, it should be noted, reached a peace agreement and formed diplomatic relationships with Israel in 1994. These relationship endure to this day, even after a Jordanian soldier, Ahmed Daqamseh, opened fire at a field trip of an Israeli school in a joint Israeli-Jordanian tourism site, killing 7 girls aged 13 and 14.

What did King Abdullah say? He mainly referred to Israel as the outcast, talked about how its’ situation is worsening in the region and said that Jordan is stronger while Israel is weaker and that Israelis should be afraid. Without disputing or claiming that some of what he said has merits, once again it is proven that the easier defense in the Middle East is an offensive against Israel. Merits have nothing to do with that. Just two weeks ago, Abdullah urged Palestinian Authority President Abbas to rethink his unilateral move. A few months ago it was published that Jordan would not vote for the Palestinian state’s vote in the General Assembly.

The Truth is – Abdullah is the one most afraid. Though a moderate, Jordan is too an oppressing Arab regime. It too had some mild protests and is currently enjoying the luxury of helping deflect its’ public’s anger towards Israel. But the “Arab Spring”, the changes going through all those oppressing leaders in the Arab states around the Middle East does not pass by him. While Jordan is a monarchy (Abdullah got the leadership from his father, King Hussein) and relatively moderate dictatorship, it is also made up of different tribes. While the kingdom is considered a Hashemite kingdom, the majority of its’ population is Palestinian. Just like most Arab nations, Jordan too continues to view Palestinians as merely refugees from 1948 (after over 60 years of them residing in its’ territory and under its’ rule), which is yet another example of the ridiculous “Right of Return” – for over 60 years, Arab nations who are hosts to Palestinians consider them as nothing more than refugees and continues to encourage them to one day flood Israel back and annihilate it (the realistic outcome of receiving this so-called right, a right which no other refugee in the world received, including in post World War II and Yugoslavia).

This is why Abdullah is the one who is scared – His wife, Queen Rania, is Palestinian and the majority of his population is Palestinian. He is nothing more than growing minority in power, and at time where people all around him shed fear and protest to end their oppressing regime for the chance of democracy and freedom, Abdullah is scared. Which is why he turns to the lowest common denominator in the Arab World – incitement against Israel. Because the truth is, Jordan is not stable or strong, it too faces a real chance of revolution (that has managed to be pushed down for the time being) and Abdullah can soon find himself defending, either by army or by a lawyer, or perhaps by both.

Statements usually make headlines. Its’ substance, or lack of, rarely do.

Some interesting “tip of the ice berg” facts about Jordan and the Palestinians:

  • It was on Jordan’s soil that the PLO (“Palestine Liberation Organization“), today the head of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, was formed in 1964 – long before any occupation began in 1967.
  • The first terror attack attempted by the PLO was in June 1st, 1966. It originated from Jordan’s soil.
  • Though the war against Israel almost officially prohibits mentions like this – from September 1970 to July 1971, Jordan launched a war against the Palestinian Organizations in its’ territory. Thousands of Palestinians were killed and the PLO, as well as many other Palestinians terror organizations were expelled.

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