Jordan ties with Israel expected to worsen

As Netanyahu’s extremist camp claims victory

A supporter of Israel’s Likud party holds a Shofar (musical horn made of a ram’s horn) at the party’s campaign headquarters in Jerusalem on November 1, 2022, after the end of voting in the fifth natio
A supporter of Israel’s Likud party holds a Shofar (musical horn made of a ram’s horn) at the party’s campaign headquarters in Jerusalem on November 1, 2022, after the end of voting in the fifth national election in less than four years. (Photo: AFP)
AMMAN — The shocking victory of a coalition of extremist Zionist far right and religious right parties led by Likud’s Benyamin Netanyahu in Wednesday’s Israeli elections is bound to threaten Jordan-Israel relations, especially with regard to the status of the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem, political analysts interviewed by Jordan News said.اضافة اعلان

According to the latest results of the elections for the 25th Knesset, the Netanyahu camp has secured more than 65 places in the 120-seat legislature, which gives him a comfortable majority to form the next government. Final results are expected late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Marwan Al-Muasher, former foreign minister, told Jordan News that the results of the Israeli elections indicate clearly that Israel “is not serious about the peace process or about finding any solution that would result in the withdrawal from the occupied territory and the establishment of a Palestinian state”, adding that “we should drop any illusion, from this point on, about the prospects for peace”.

“The incoming prime minister is somebody that Jordan, the region, and the whole world have serious problems with,” Muasher said, and called for reevaluating the Jordanian position, as well as the international position, regarding peace in the region, and dealing with a right-wing government that ends any hope for a just and peaceful solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict.

Senator Jameel Al-Nimri told Jordan News that Jordan “has bad memories with Netanyahu and his comeback constitutes a great disappointment for Jordan”.

With regard to peace, Netanyahu “will pursue the agenda of the the extreme right”, which rejects the two-state solution, he said.

“Netanyahu’s return to the government will trigger a greater settlement expansion,” he said.

Political analyst Hamadeh Faraaneh told Jordan News that Netanyahu’s return to government “is not surprising, and we do not need a great effort to guess what he is planning to do” .

With regard to the 1948 Palestinians, the so-called Israeli Arabs, who make up to 20 percent of the population, he said the new government will entrench the concept of a pure Jewish state, which will make it worse for the minority Arab citizens who will lose their fundamental rights as the ultranationalists will consolidate the policy of discrimination.

“As for the West Bank, Netanyahu will bury the two-state solution and may go as far as to reduce the powers of the Palestinian Authority,” Faraaneh said. “These are his declared policies and his allies are among the most extreme in the Israeli society,” he added.

Netanyahu’s policy is not consistent with that of Jordan, so ties between the two countries are bound to be in a state of continuous tension, Faraaneh said.

Political analyst Oraib Al-Rantawi told Jordan News that “Netanyahu’s victory was not surprising, as the Israeli right party and now the far-right parties are dominating the Israeli political stage.

Moreover, Rantawi believes that violations of Jerusalem sanctities, over which there is Hashemite custodianship, “have become more frequent than ever before, due to the strength of the Israeli extreme right and its growing demands to end the role of Jordan”, so the new government’s policy concerning the holy sites in Jerusalem will not be much different from what it is already.

In the long run, Rintawi said, it makes no difference for Jordan who is the prime minister of Israel.

“Netanyahu, Lapid and others, all threaten Jordan’s interests,” he said.

He believes that now “all eyes will focus on how an extremist Israel will manage its internal affairs while increasing settlement building and institutionalizing racial discrimination”.

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