AMMAN – Long before the election of US President Barack Obama, Jordan has been working towards settling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution.
Obama’s election was received with a sense of hope, emanating from the fact that the new US president recognised the necessity of resolving this conflict as the main prerequisite for achieving lasting peace in the region. His Majesty King Abdullah moved fast to ensure that this hope was translated into actual steps that could move peace efforts forward.
Four months after Obama assumed office, King Abdullah travelled to Washington conveying a collective Arab position that the whole Arab world is committed to regional peace on the basis of the Arab Peace Initiative, which offers full normal ties with Israel within the framework of a comprehensive solution in return for Israeli withdrawal from all Arab territories occupied since 1967.
However, hope in President Obama’s declared commitment to the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution is fading as Israeli intransigence has frustrated progress.
“The window of opportunity is narrowing,” said one analyst. “That is why Jordan is working harder than before to ensure the resumption of serious and effective negotiations that can deliver the two-state solution within a defined time frame.”
In this effort, Jordan has left no stone unturned, coordinating with the Palestinians and all Arab countries and working with major international players to ensure that the current opportunity for peace is not lost, an official source said.
These contacts included discussions with the Israeli government.
In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year, King Abdullah delivered a clear message: The two-state solution is the only path to ending the conflict. There will be no peace in the region unless the Palestinians’ rights are realised. Israel has to choose between integrating into the region or remaining fortress Israel. It will not enjoy real peace and security unless the Palestinians also enjoy their right to security in their sovereign independent state in the West Bank and Gaza with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The same message was delivered in other Jordanian-Israeli discussions. Jordanian officials met with the Israeli national security adviser, Uzi Arad, late last year to push for a resumption of serious Palestinian-Israeli negotiations that can lead to tangible progress towards the two-state solution. An official source told The Jordan Times that in these two meetings, Jordan reiterated its declared positions that provisional solutions are unacceptable and that negotiations should tackle all final status issues with a view to delivering the two-state solution within a defined time frame. They also warned Israel against the consequences of continuing its unilateral actions in Jerusalem, which, King Abdullah warned in an interview with an Israeli newspaper, threaten to destabilise Jordanian-Israeli relations.
The official rejected as totally baseless Israeli press reports that Arad raised the issue of Jordan playing a security role in the West Bank. “Israel knows our position too well to even raise the subject.”
The only role Jordan will play, and has been playing, is to help the Palestinians realise their right to statehood on their national soil, the official said. Jordan will not even accept discussion of any other role. “That is an unwavering position that has been stated over and again,” he said.
According to the official, Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories is the cause of conflict. This occupation must end if the region is to achieve the peace it has long been denied. He pointed out that King Abdullah has repeatedly said that there will be no peace in the region unless the Palestinians’ right to freedom and statehood is realised. Hence, Jordan’s insistence on the immediate resumption of negotiations to reach the two-state solution on the basis of the previously agreed upon terms of reference.
That is what Jordan has been working for, and that is the message that Israel will continue to receive from Jordan, he said. “Baseless reports about discussions that never took place about Israeli offers for Jordan to play a security role in the West Bank are a vain attempt to divert attention from the fact that its intransigence is the reason why the region is still prisoner to conflict.” Source
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