Jordanians react in response to ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’: a resilient stand for Palestine

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People around the country woke up on Saturday morning to the news of an unprecedented operation by the Palestinian resistance in Gaza. As news and videos of incursions into occupied lands by sea, air and ground began to spread on social media, so too did the outpouring of support from the Jordanian people. Knafeh was handed out in the streets, as protesters encircled the Israeli embassy in Amman calling for the end of the occupation. اضافة اعلان

Jordan News spoke with Jordanian politicians, parties, and officials to gather their opinions and better understand the reaction within the county.

A crushing victory for the Palestinians and Palestinian resistance
In interviews conducted by Jordan News with Jordanian politicians and officials, they unanimously agreed that this battle will be a turning point in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and that this attack was unprecedented. The director of Al Quds Center for Political Studies Oraib Al-Rantawi told Jordan News that the battle in its first hours recorded a crushing victory for the Palestinians and the Palestinian resistance.

“The attack was sudden and managed to outmaneuver the Israeli intelligence services, both human and technological,” said Al-Rantawi.

“The resistance was distinguished by its ingenuity in large-scale aerial bombardment, and this attack was bold and courageous. The incursions were all over the Gaza envelope and beyond the Gaza envelope. This attack is unparalleled and unprecedented.”

Rantawi added that this is a Palestinian-Arab epic that is recorded in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, which extends for more than 100 years.

“It is expected that Israel will escalate the air interceptions in the Gaza Strip, where it will strike civilian targets and infrastructure, and it will adopt the southern suburbs strategy in dealing with Gaza, as it did in 2006, to create a gap between Hezbollah and its social base,” he said.

“They are trying to break the connection between the Palestinian resistance and its popular incubator, and they do not want to lose as they lost in previous times. Therefore, the Gazans may pay a heavy price this time in terms of the destruction of infrastructure and killing.”

Rantawi Explained that Israel does not take into account or distinguish between civilian and military targets and may seek to restore the settlers’ dignity through destruction, sabotage and displacement through the bombing of the Gaza Strip.

He said it was expected that the thousands of missiles that were launched today will continue to be launched in the coming days as the resistance drones are deployed against  the fighters and tanks.

“This development is qualitative and unprecedented, and we are facing surprises, the file is open, and the possibilities are heading toward escalation.”

A prediction that the escalation would go beyond the Gaza Strip

Rantawi predicted that the escalation would go beyond the Gaza Strip to reach the West Bank and the 1948 areas, and perhaps extend to historical Palestine and the neighboring countries, starting with Lebanon.

“As for calm, at the present time there may be no way to calm, but rather the most prominent headline is the Israeli escalation and the surprises that the resistance hides. However, there is information that has not yet been confirmed that Hamas made an offer to the Israelis through Cairo to release the children and women detained in the Gaza Strip by the Israelis in exchange for Israel to stop bombing civilian targets”he said.

“I believe that (Israel) will not accept this proposal, as it does not care about civilians, neither Jews nor Palestinians, it wants to regain some of its lost prestige, which the resistance men tried to bury in the mud, as we have seen.”

The attack was a precise plan
Strategic Security expert Omar Raddad, he told Jordan News, “it is clear that the attack was according to a precise plan by the Qassam Brigades and through elements.”

“This is the first time we see military groups inside the settlements.”

He explained this specific operation revealed that the intelligence system is fragile and not prepared for this scenario and added resistance has new tactics, for example, human access to different areas and cutting the fence between Gaza and the 48 areas.

“This reflects the cumulative construction of the resistance. It is expected that in the next few days we will see drones, different types of missiles, and development in weapons and strategies,” he said.

Palestinians have had enough
Meanwhile, former Deputy Prime Minister Mamdouh Al-Abadi told Jordan News that the Palestinians in general, and Gaza in particular, after the advent of this extremist government and the presence of Jewish popular extremism, reached the point where the Palestinian people, who live in poverty, difficult conditions, and restrictions, reached a stage of tension. He said the reaction was a harsh, painful, and unprecedented blow to the Israeli side.

He added this attack is a turning point in the Arab-Israeli conflict and can be added to the October War in1973 and the Battle of Al-Karameh. He indicated that Jordan, which pledged Hashemite custodianship and care for Al-Aqsa, must hold an emergency Arab summit.

What is happening is not surprising
Secretary General of Jordan Labor Party Rula Al-Hroob told Jordan News that what happened was not surprising. The observer of public policy could predict such a major event and she expected it to remain open to all sides, where there were unjust Israeli policies, including extreme dissolution and political and spatial replacement. She said what was surprising was the power of attack and creativity in the strategies followed.

Hroub stressed that a statement was issued by the National Forum to Support the Resistance. The statement includes a call to create a popular Jordanian front to support Al-Aqsa, calling for the abolition of the political, economic and normalization agreements and laws that criminalize resistance, so that Jordan returns to its natural role in confronting the occupation in line with the popular position clearly expressed in popular activities.

She said that what the Palestinian resistance did could become a turning point in the record of the conflict, but it needs the support of the Arab people and the unification of all resistance forces regionally, which can change all equations and pave the way for creating a more just reality.

The Secretary-General of the Islamic Action Front Party, Murad Al-Adaileh, stated that the "Flood of Al-Aqsa" is a response to Arab dignity, calling on Jordanians to be partners in liberation. He added that this battle should involve the entire nation, and staying at home is a betrayal of the martyrs' blood. He emphasized that this battle should include Arabs, Muslims, nationalists, and tribal members. He called on the Jordanian government to open the borders and expel the Israeli ambassador from Jordan.

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