Jordanians condemn US veto on Gaza ceasefire; politicians and experts weigh in

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AMMAN – Jordanian politicians and commentators have joined international voices in criticizing the United States for its recent use of veto power against a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.اضافة اعلان

This move, aligning with Russia's criticism after Friday’s vote, has sparked a wave of condemnation in Jordan, with figures such as Islamist MP Saleh Al-Armouti leading the charge.

Armouti vehemently criticized the U.S. stance, accusing it of supporting the brutal massacre by Israel in Gaza. He labeled the American position as indicative of "Nazism and dictatorship," predicting the decline of U.S. influence for its blatant disregard for international law and human rights.

"It is unprecedented in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict that the morale of the Arab and Islamic nations and the world's engagement with the Palestinian cause have risen as they have today."

He called upon the free world to condemn the US and urged revisiting the Security Council’s system to prevent dominance by “the forces of darkness.” Armouti, a veteran lawmaker and jurist, stressed the need to expose the policies of the US and Britain, suggesting that the US should be considered an enemy, and also advocated for a reevaluation of Jordan's relationship with it. Jordan, he said, should shift its alliance with Washington and align with other world forces.

However, he was not optimistic about drastic changes in the status quo in terms of Arab-American ties, even after the dust of the war settles. But at the grassroots level, the legislator said, the US veto has catalyzed an Arab and Islamic awakening, highlighting the success of Palestinian resistance in Gaza in making such a difference despite extreme adversities.

Badr Madi, a professor of political sociology at the German Jordanian University (GJU), echoed these sentiments, noting that the U.S. veto was expected and aligned with America's historical stance. He commented on the challenges faced by the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, particularly in light of the current destruction of infrastructure and the environment supporting Hamas. Madi highlighted that the international community is unlikely to aid in Gaza's reconstruction if there isn't a change in the political structure there. He also pointed out the difficult position Europe and the U.S. find themselves in, given their principles of human rights, which are contrasted starkly against the backdrop of the children killed in Gaza.

Former MP Jamil Al-Nimri added that the American position would likely continue to align with Israel, criticizing the ineffectiveness of Western stances despite their apparent shift towards more humanitarian approaches. He argued that the current situation underscores the failure of international intervention and could embolden extremist forces to disregard international law and human rights, including the right to resistance against occupiers.

Oraib Al-Rantawi, director of the Jerusalem Center for Political Studies, commented that the US veto would likely lead to more innocent deaths, viewing it as an American license for ongoing violence. He speculated on the potential scenarios for ending the war, including radical changes in the Palestinian Authority's stance or a decisive shift in Arab countries' relations with Israel. However, like Armouti, he viewed these scenarios as unlikely, suggesting that the conflict would continue until Washington and Tel Aviv decide to stop the carnage if they ever achieve their goals or under significant international pressure or a genuine shift in the official Arab stance against the war.

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