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Jordan Pulls Israel Card to Deny Syrians Help

Apparently Syrian Palestinians can’t be absorbed by Jordan because of Israel

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Tanks Near the Syrian-Jordanian Border(AFP)

Earlier this week, it was reported that Jordan had begun to turn away Palestinian refugees who are trapped in Syria and hope to flee to Jordan for safety. As a Jordan government spokesman told al-Jazeera:

“Jordan is not obligated to pay a political price for the Syrian crisis.”

This seemed like a simple enough (albeit very cold-blooded) government response. After all, there are now over 200,000 Syrian refugees taking shelter in surrounding countries and over 60,000 Syrians are said to have been killed in less than two years of the Syrian civil war.

Abdullah Ensour, the Jordanian Prime Minister, has since amended the reason why Jordan cannot take in their “Palestinian brothers”: Israel. And specifically that taking in Palestinian refugees would encourage Israel to deport the Palestinians from their own borders.

“There are those who want to absolve Israel once again of its responsibility for banishing Palestinians from their homes,” Ensour said in an extensive interview with the London-based Arab daily al-Hayat. “Jordan is not the place to solve Israel’s problems. Jordan has taken a sovereign and explicit decision not to allow Palestinians carrying Syrian [travel] documents to enter Jordan.”

This is, of course, total fucking poppycock. As Ensour went on to rail against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the plight of the Palestinians in Israel, he absolved Jordan of the blame, perhaps hoping that the reporter would not ask a follow up. Blaming Israel for broad domestic problems and specific acts of nature (like earthquakes or shark attacks) is a time-honored tradition in plenty of Middle Eastern countries, just as inciting hatred against Israel remains a diversionary tactic from addressing real reforms and change. This has been documented so many times, it hardly seems worth it to isolate one.

That said, this particular incident is so baldly and transparently ridiculous, it can’t be overlooked, especially given the grave conditions in Syria.

Jordanian PM: Absorbing Palestinian refugees from Syria would encourage Israel to deports theirs [Times of Israel]
Egyptian Officials Believe Israel Is Behind Deadly Shark Attack [Fox]

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“So we rejected that and said it’s better they die in Syria than give up
their right of return,” Abbas told the group. Some of his comments were
published Thursday by the Palestinian news website Sama.

AriShavit says:

“This is, of course, total fucking poppycock.”


ginzy1 says:

Just to clarify a bit and expand upon Herb Glatter’s important and very illuminating point (he may be confusing the context).

Separate and apart from the Jordanians’ lack of concern for their “Palestinian Brothers” (sic.), the Palestinian Authority requested permission from Israel to allow the Syrian Palestinian “refugees” to escape into the Palestinian Authority’s territory. Israel agreed with the proviso that the escapees sign a document waiving any claims to a “right of return” into pre-’67 Israel. It was this proviso that Abbas rejected, stating that better for them to be murdered in Syria.

In other words, whatever Abbas’ statements in English to the pathologically gullible (I am giving the benefit of the doubt), Western & “progressive” media (including and especially the allegedly august editorial board of the NY Times (a.k.a., Valhalla)), and delusional Oslo accordians about not expecting to return to Tzefat (Safed), Abbas does not have and never had any intention of reaching any sort of “end of conflict” agreement which would entail abdicating claims to a “right of return”.

If Abbas is ready to condemn his “Palestinian Brothers” to nearly certain death rather than have them give up any claims to a “right of return”, do you really think he would give that up in negotiations with Israel, regardless of what borders are agreed to?

Although various and sundry politicos & pooh-bahs of punditry regularly insist that all Israel would have to do is offer the so-called Clinton parameters and peace would reign throughout the entire middle east, they assiduously ignore that the same Mahmoud Abbas was offered the Clinton parameters by Ehud Olmert and then some. In the infamous interview with the Washington Post’s Jackson Diehl (not suspected of Likud leanings) Abbas admitted as much and told Diehl that he did not make a counter offer because the sides were just to far apart.

However most Israelis do understand this and its implications which is why the Israeli left has been shrinking in the polls and even the Labor party, the home of the Oslo Accordians, does not include any mention of the “peace process” in its platform.

If you really want to understand to where why the Israeli mind set has shifted, I strongly suggest that you read Daniel Gordis’s (once a dyed in the wool lefty & Oslo accordian) recent piece in the Jerusalem Post here:

Efrat / J’lem

Sam Pierino says:

I need to understand this – perhaps Adam here can help. I have been
asking these forever and never heard any good explanation/theory/excuse
from any official or journalist: It is Jordan that threw away its
Palestinian citizens, thus creating “The Palestinian People” who now
want their own country. How do they get away with this? How can the
whole world, UN, Arab League etc. go along with this nonsense? Why is
Israel not out there in force explaining to the whole world that the
West Bank is actually part of Jordan and Jordan should take the people
and some of the areas in which they live back – thus completely
eliminating the whole notion of 2-states? As far as border adjustments,
it has always been a common practice of any victor in any war to adjust
the border to their liking – as Israel is doing now. The people who are
now living in whatever parts of the West Bank are Jordanians, they have been Jordanians before and didn’t complain,
and they should return to being Jordanians now. The actual mechanics of
doing all this will simply be negotiations between 2 sovereign states –
Israel and Jordan. By the way, in exactly the same manner and with a
very similar history, Gaza is simply part of Egypt and the people there
are Egyptians – when Israel returned the Sinai to Egypt in 79-82, why
didn’t it insist on Egypt taking Gaza back as well? It seems to me that
Israel has dug itself into these holes and is guilty of helping create
this whole Palestinian People myth and it’s up to Israel to dig itself
out of this hole – but I don’t see it doing this – on the contrary, it
is digging itself deeper any time it talks about 2-states.


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