Middle East: USA proposed Jordanian-Palestinian confederation

Middle East: USA proposed Jordanian-Palestinian confederation

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas revealed the idea, which was rejected by the Palestinian National Authority, in a meeting with lawyers and parliamentarians.

The United States negotiating team for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict offered the president of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), Mahmoud Abbas, a plan based on a Jordanian-Palestinian confederation. This was revealed on Sunday (02.09.2018) by Brian Reeves, spokesman for the Israeli NGO Peace Now, who was in a meeting with Palestinian and Israeli parliamentarians and lawyers in which Abbas commented on the information.

“Abbas said he responded to (Jared) Kushner and (Jason) Greenblatt (the first, advisor and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, and the second special envoy for the Middle East) that he would not accept his proposal, but could consider a confederation between Israel, Palestine and Jordan, “said Reeves, who listened to Abbas’s story in the Mukata, the government headquarters of the ANP.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz quotes Abbas in his meeting with the Americans with these words. “I have been asked if I believe in a confederation with Jordan, I do want a confederation with Jordan and Israel, I have asked the Israelis if they would approve such a proposal.” It is not clear how that union of States would work or when the idea was put on the table.

Critics to the USA

The Palestinian president also said that he supports the two-State solution, defended the right of Palestinian return and assured that the US It acts “in a hostile way against the Palestinians” because “it is impeding the peace process, the US wants to completely sabotage UNRWA,” the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, according to Paz Ahora spokesman.

“The Palestinian president also said that he meets from time to time with the head of the Israeli security services, Shin Bet, and that he agrees with him 99 percent of the time,” Reeves reported.

A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to comment on the press reports. However, Israel has always been concerned to maintain its Jewish majority, so it seems unlikely that it would give its approval and also the consent of Jordan is doubtful. The idea of ​​a Jordanian-Palestinian confederation is a question already debated in recent decades. Abbas stressed in the past that he would consider the idea only after the founding of an independent Palestinian state.

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