Chairman Abbas’ most recent admission opens the road to peace

The Chairman of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas In his most recent pronouncement, for all intents and purposes, proposed the perfect solution that fully responds to the aspirations of the Palestinians of the West Bank to live as a sovereign country.

I am surprised that nobody picked up on it and promptly re-instigated the comatose so-called “peace process.” by inviting the King of Jordan to the negotiation table and put an end to the present conflict.

Abbas declared that the Jordanians and the Palestinians are “the same people. They lived together prior to the 1967 war on lands covered by the Balfour Declaration (“Declaration”)  to which the Jewish people  were shut out of in  two stages:

First, in 1921, the British as the Mandatory power for Palestine, hived- off  the major portion  of the lands covered by the Declaration  to establish the Emirate of Transjordan which exercised full autonomy under a  British Protectorate and  achieved full independence  in 1946  as the “Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan” in 1949, renamed  the “Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”.

Second, during the Israeli War of Independence when the Kingdom occupied and kept unlawful possession of the West Bank including eastern Jerusalem.

The wrinkle in this unity of identity and lands came about when Jordan gave away the lands of the West Bank it occupied illegally to some of its compatriots and brethren living on the West Bank.

Abbas’ admission responds fully to the aspirations of the Arabs living on the West Bank to become sovereign on lands belonging to his people because his people are already sovereign in Jordan and Jordan’s territory is his people’s territory.

Abbas’ claim also solves  the question of the  original identity of his people since  these would be the people who originated from South Arabia and followed the Emir to  dwell on the lands comprising his Emirate; people who were subsequently joined  by Arabs from various regions and places in the Middle-East. whose present successors in title is the  Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

This also solves the tricky  question of  Jerusalem  since as a matter of law,  the lands  of  present-day Jordan and  of its predecessors in title never included  the lands occupied  by East Jerusalem, save for the 19 years  of unlawful occupation between 1948 to 1967.

Alas! In a non sequitur Abbas, whose reasoning can be described G-d’s vengeance on logic, concluded that, in gthe premised, there ought to be not one but two states for the same people who lived together on adjacent neighbourhoods

Can the EU, assuming it cares to, hold Abbas at its word and tell him that there is no logic, rhyme or reason for the same people who always lived together to start living in two separate states, because by the same logic, the Israelis may insist on having two states one located within the boundaries of present day Israel and one on the lands of Judea and Samaria? If the EU does not care, would another country eager to prove its  skills as an “honest broker” acceptable to both the Palestinian Authority and to Israel come forward?

About the Author
Doğan Akman was born and schooled in Istanbul, Turkey. Upon his graduation from Lycee St. Michel, he immigrated to Canada with his family. In Canada, he taught university in sociology-criminology and social welfare policy and published some articles in criminology journals After a stint as a Judge of the Provincial Court (criminal and family divisions) of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, he joined the Federal Department of Justice working first as a Crown prosecutor, and then switching to civil litigation and specialising in aboriginal law. Since his retirement he has published articles in Sephardic Horizons and e-Sefarad and in an anthology edited by Rifat Bali titled This is My New Homeland and published in Istanbul.
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