‘Queen’ Rania

I just read Jordan’s Queen Rania’s comment   “… rejections of a ceasefire in Gaza are ‘morally reprehensible’ and amount to a justification for the deaths of thousands of civilians. …”,    and that is quite some chutzpah. I know that she is Palestinian but she for sure understands that Hamas is a deadly danger to her family.

There are several layers in the relationship between Israel and Jordan, and that relationship is beneficial to both. It is well known that the security services of the two countries are close. Publicly however, the King and Queen continuously criticize Israel, supposedly out of consideration of the more than 60 % Palestinian majority of the Jordanian population.

The reality is that the Hashemites do not even come from Jordan but from Iraq, and they were imposed on Jordan by the Brits. For all their cries of a free Palestine, Abdullah and Rania should maybe start with freedom for Palestinians in Jordan. Of course, if the country would hold genuinely free elections then they would have to flee the country like the Shah or suffer the fate of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu if they would stay. Likely they would enjoy their extensive wealth (wondering how they became so rich in this very poor country ?) in Dubai.

Rania and Abdullah are high on Hamas’ target list, so they should pray (and probably do) that Israel eradicates Hamas’ presence in Gaza just as Abdullah’s father, Hussein, brutally and violently expelled Fatah from Jordan in 1970. Arafat and Fatah fled to Lebanon where they destroyed the fragile balance between Christians and Muslims, with all the disastrous consequences.

So Rania should restrain her smug arrogance, enjoy her wealth and stop criticizing Israel.

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Born in the Netherlands, graduated from the Universite de Geneve and the Graduate Institute of International Studies, also in Geneva. Fluent in Dutch, French, English and Spanish, with some knowledge of German, as well as a bit of Ivrit. Spent my working career working in finance in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Geneva, Panama, Mexico and Miami. I am now semi-retired.
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