If Israel incorporates part of the liberated West Bank, Jordan might end its peace treaty with Israel. Oh, we’re all shivering in our boots. But not.
- How dear could be to us the cold peace that exists between the Jewish State and Jordan occupied by a newly invented royalty?
- Jordan cannot harm us militarily.
- Over 99% of Jordanians hate us as only antisemites may.
- They would lose: the free Jordan water we supply to them, the stream of Israeli tourists to Petra, and intelligence sharing.
- We would lose nothing. We should tour our own country more.
- They also buy our gas for a bargain price. Let them end the deal.
- When Jordan occupied the West Bank, all of two countries recognized the fruits of its aggression. When we recaptured it, we didn’t ask for international approval, having a valid claim.
So, the only ones who profit from the treaty today are the Jordanians.
It’s true that Jordan lets Israeli planes cross its airspace but if it would stop that, Israel would reduce the aggressor to ruble in what would become known as the Three-Day War. The King is not that suicidal.
Jordan has right-now declared that it’s holding a trial against five Palestinian-Arabs who wanted to commit suicide attacks in the liberated West Bank. Frankly, I don’t see any reason to believe any of that.
In a brilliant move, Israel is welcoming Saudi Arabia to begin sharing with Jordan control over Muslim Jerusalem. Saudi Arabia seeks a way out of its international pariah position since murdering a critical journalist in Turkey. And Jordan feels threatened by Turkey moving into its Jerusalem space. Let Jordan and Saudi Arabia compete for our favors!
Remember how common wisdom dictated that if the US would move its embassy to Jerusalem, the region would blow up? Nothing happened.
Most likely, the aggressive stand by the Jordanian dictator is always firstly for home consumption, to show the Palestinians living in camps there without any democratic rights (like work permits) that the “King” is on supposedly their side. But there is more. I never caught the Jordanian ruler saying one friendly word about Israel, not even when he is abroad. Different from his predecessor, he seems to have no respect for Jews.
The only solution to the mess is when Jordanians stop hating Jews and start building their own country. That would mean: removing the dictators and those who support him, blocking militant Islam from jumping into the vacuum, and installing democracy with full rights for Palestinian Muslims.
Everything would change. But as long as they hate Jews, we cannot help them. I won’t say that it’s their own fault because that is callous. I feel for them. I wouldn’t want to be in their place. I have hope for them but the only light in their tunnel I see are the headlights of an oncoming train.
They should model themselves after Egypt, where the leader is at peace with Israel and the military keeps out the Muslim fundamentalists. The alternative is the Syrian model, where all the parties looking for control hate Israel so we can’t support them, so they all end up killing each other. (The Kurds are the only exception but they were not aiming to rule Syria.)
The first thing to redeem Jordan is a leader who’s not anti-Israel.