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Jordan’s unwavering positions

Jun 16,2019 - Last updated at Jun 16,2019

The gathering held on Friday at the Cultural Palace in Amman on the Palestinians’ inalienable rights in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, was a public demonstration against any behind the scenes conspiracy against the Palestinian territories and East Jerusalem, including its holy sites.

Organised by a coalition of organisations and attended by Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament Atef Tarawneh and a number of former prime ministers and current MPs, representatives of various professional associations and political activists, the meeting came to send a clear message to the world on where Jordan stands on the Palestinian direct and related issues, such as the future of UNRWA at a time when there are growing fears and anxieties about what could lie ahead under the banner of the so-called "deal of the century".

Obviously, the gathering served its purpose loud and clear by reiterating Jordan's unwavering positions on everything that touches the Palestinian rights, and to emphasise Jordan's principled positions on the two-state solution as the only viable way to bring the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to a just and fair resolution.

The Hashemite Custodianship over the Islamic and Christian holy sites in East Jerusalem was also highlighted as the cornerstone of the Jordanian stance on the future of the Holy City.

As the official position of Jordan has become only too clear to the world on the various Palestinian issues, the gathering came to complement this familiar official stance by a wider demonstration of the total Jordanian support.

In retrospect, the just-concluded meeting was a reflection of the growing public anger and frustration with the so-called “deal of the century” and what it can entail once it becomes public knowledge. These fears were compounded by the declared positions of the US on occupied Jerusalem and the territorial integrity of the West Bank.

When the US ambassador to Israel openly says that Israel has the right to annex parts of the West Bank, then Jordan, all of Jordan official and non-official, is rightly justified in fearing what President Donald Trump has up his sleeves on the future of the Palestinian lands. Against this backdrop the public gathering on Palestinian rights came on the right time to tell President Trump that enough is enough.

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