Khasawneh: forced displacement a threat to national security

Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh. (File Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/JNews)
(File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN – Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh stated on Sunday that Jordan supported the Egyptian stance rejecting the forced displacement of Palestinians from Gaza, which might serve as a prelude to other patterns of forced displacement, including in the West Bank.اضافة اعلان

As reported by Al-Mamlaka TV, Khasawneh affirmed that the displacement of Palestinians is a "red line" for Jordan. He argued that forced displacement constitutes a fundamental violation of the peace treaty, specifically addressing a key provision stating the necessity of safeguarding against any forced population movements in any direction. Such actions pose a liquidation of the Palestinian cause and a threat to Jordan's national security.

He emphasized that while Jordan does not currently see this as an immediate concern, any realization of such a scenario would render the treaty a "collection of papers stacked on a shelf covered in dust." He said it would undoubtedly bring the region back to a state of non-peace, akin to a declaration of war and hostile actions.

Khasawneh reiterated that any attempt at forced displacement towards Jordan would be considered a declaration of war, he explained that such an act contradicts the peace treaty, constituting a material breach of the peace agreement.

Khasawneh underscored that Jordan has been clear since the first day of the aggression on the need to reach a stage that establishes a permanent ceasefire. He referred to His Majesty King Abdullah’s warnings in the past decade about the neglect of achieving the two-state solution, leading to the establishment of an independent, sovereign, and viable Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem.

Regarding assistance, the Prime Minister mentioned that the Palestinian National Authority sent much of its medical inventory to the border crossings with Gaza, resulting in a shortage of health and medical services in the West Bank. HM directed the immediate dispatch of a field hospital to provide healthcare services.

Khasawneh affirmed that Jordan's relationship with the Palestinian Authority is a result of its relationship with Palestinian legitimacy represented by the Palestine Liberation Organization. He emphasized dealing with the Palestinian issue considering the PLO as the legitimate and sole representative of the Palestinian people.

He stressed the need to always treat Gaza and the West Bank as a single geographical unit, representing the Palestinian state that will be established, and avoiding any attempts to separate them.

Khasawneh concluded by affirming the importance and historical nature of the relationship between Jordan and the United States. He highlighted the role the U.S. can play in realizing the two-state solution and exerting pressure on Israel and various international actors.

Right of self-defenseKhasawneh spoke about the necessity for the right of self-defense to include the principles of proportionality and utmost necessity in general.

In the case of the Israeli war on Gaza, he stated that it does not constitute the exercise of the right of self-defense, which should be subject to considerations of necessity and proportionality between defense and aggression. Furthermore, it does not permit, in any form, the targeting of civilians and children under the pretext of exercising this right.

The next phase
Amid the Israeli war on Gaza, the Prime Minister mentioned that the future holds various possibilities, given the many dynamic elements in play.

He emphasized the need to reach a political engagement leading to the realization of the two-state solution. This solution envisions an independent and sovereign Palestinian state along the lines of June 4, 1967, with its capital in East Jerusalem. It should address final status issues, refugees, and settlements in a manner that also serves the higher vital interests of the Jordanian state.

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