Israel and Jordan Heading for a Clash?
Ed. note: As Israel expands its territorial interests, President Trump simultaneously announced on twitter (the twitter president) last Thursday overturning a longstanding US policy regarding the Israeli-occupied (Syrian although many Jewish writers have refuted this claim using their own interpretation of the evidence) Golan Heights, announcing “it is time for the US to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the region“. Get ready for more violence as two Palestinians took IDF bullets yesterday.
Jordon has been the custodian of holy sites in Israel for Palestine so as to prevent the complete “Judaization” of these holy sites. It shouldn’t come as any surprise after Trump’s announcement of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, that Israel looks to be making a move to end Jordon custodianship of the holy sites in Israel. Jordanians involved in unions have always been opposed to “normal relations” with Israel and even went so far as to demonstrate this opposition by using Israeli flags as door mats.
Jordan is in a very difficult economic position with public debts at round $40 billion owed to the IMF with Jordanians protesting a recent tax increase. Jordan has their own internal problems let lone being responsible as the custodians of holy sites in Israel. Is Trump’s strategy to make all these announcements before the elections in Israel on April 19th where Benjamin Netenyahu’s leadership of Israel might be in jeopardy?
As Israel expands its territory and moves to take Jordan’s custodianship of holy sites in Israel away from Jordan, there are now moves to try Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad International Criminal Court (ICC) for “crimes against humility.” The international Zionist network wields unbelievable power as Israel continues uninterrupted in its expansion of territory, influence and power in the region. It was also the Israelis who launched an antisemitic conspiracy against George Soros. Whatever Jordan’s King Abdullah II declared last Wednesday that Jerusalem was “a red line” for his kingdom amid rising tensions over a contested building at the city’s Temple Mount, we are more than just a little curious as to what might transpire if Israel goes over that red line?
Source: The Times of Israel
Jordanian king says pressured to alter custodianship of Jerusalem holy sites
21 March 2019 | By AP and TOI staff
King Abdullah vows to not change his country’s historic role as guardian, doesn’t reveal details of who is squeezing him
ZARQA, Jordan — Jordan’s King Abdullah II has vowed to keep protecting Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, calling it a “red line” for his country.
Abdullah said Wednesday, during a visit to the Zarqa Governorate outside Amman, that he’s under pressure to alter his country’s historic role as custodian of the Jerusalem holy sites, but that he won’t change his position.
“I will never change my position toward Jerusalem in my life,” Abdullah said. “All my people are with me.”
He did not specify what kind of pressure he was encountering.
The Waqf, a Jordanian-appointed council oversees Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. It claims exclusive authority over the Temple Mount compound and says it is not subject to Israeli jurisdiction. Tensions often escalate at the site.
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Listen to this discussion about Jordon’s King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein as to his position related to Jared Kushner’s peace plan for Palestine and Israel. Most people do not realize Jordon is a custodian of holy sites in Israel. Jordon through King Abdullah’s responsibility as custodian of the holy sites in Israel is too prevent the complete “Judaization” of these holy sites.
Last February, 2018 Israel locked down the al-Rahma gate of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem. A committee within in Jordan’s parliament called for the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador from Jordan as result of Israel’s actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This further aggravates Jordanians who see themselves as the custodians of this holy site in East Jerusalem.
Source: The Ugly Truth
JORDAN – The king frowns: Complexities of Israeli-Jordanian relations
March 21, 2019
JERUSALEM POST – Last Thursday, 500 Jordanians suddenly became employed when Israel and Jordan expanded an agreement allowing Jordanian citizens to work in Eilat hotels. The agreement also includes sleeping arrangements and commuting arrangements as the Jordanians are meant to enter Israel in the morning and return to Jordan in the evening, the deal will provide the Jordanian kingdom millions of dinars annually and thousands of job applications made their ways to the relevant job agencies.
The agreement, which largely went unreported, is one more example of the complexities of the Israeli-Jordanian peace agreement now marking its 25th year. On the one hand, the two countries are engaged in intense security cooperation, which is done behind closed doors, on the other hand, tensions and suspicions are increasing. On the same day the tourism visas were expanded envoy to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Meir Ben-Shabbat attempted to reach an agreement regarding recent tensions on Temple Mount and returned empty-handed.
Tzofar in southern Israel, halfway between Eilat and Rabat Amon, now faces the question of what is to happen to their agriculture lands.When the Israeli-Jordanian peace agreement was signed the then-king of Jordan agreed the lands will go on being cultivated by the Israelis despite being Jordanian lands for a period of 25 years, the time is now up and the Jordanians intend to annex their lands now.
The 30 families which reside in Tzofar live off these lands and export millions of dollars’ worth of crops to the world as well as to the Israeli market. Shortly after Passover, unless a compromise is reached, the families will have to decide if they mean to begin cultivating the lands facing the uncertainty of being able to reap what they sow.
There were voices in Israel who called on the Netanyahu administration to end water sharing with the Jordanians as a reaction to the move, but the water Israel hands over to Jordan is part of a legally binding obligation within the peace deal and the clause about the Tzofar lands was set for a 25-year period when the peace agreement was signed. The Jordanian decision was not a surprise as officials in Jordan gave Israel warnings for more than a year in advance that the move was coming. It followed two incidents that Jordan viewed as problematic, the warm reception Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the Israeli security guard who shot a Jordanian citizen in 2017, and Israel pulling out of a water desalination project which was meant to spare the Jordanian the cost of building a water pipe from Aqaba to Rabat Amon. Jordanian claims that the project is vital fell on deaf ears.
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