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Israeli media target Jordan

Jawad Anani
Jawad Anani is an economist, and has held several ministerial posts, including former deputy prime minister and former chief of the Royal Court. (Photo: Jordan News)
Israeli commentators have varied views and attitudes toward their country’s relations with Jordan. What informs them, among others, are: Jordan’s value to Israel’s security, long-term relations, and how much leverage should the Israelis have over Jordan.  اضافة اعلان

Since the recent Israeli attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem, especially during Ramadan, these commentators shifted gear and began a concerted attack of Jordan. Most of them accused Jordan of inciting hate for Israeli security elements who attacked unarmed Palestinians, while expressing anger over the desecration of the holy Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem.

There is a language of hate and propaganda in their toxic articles. They unearth stories about old secret meetings and agreements between the leaders of the two countries. This is a cheap attempt to try to incite Jordanians against their leaders. Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh got more than his fair share of targeting, because he expressed support for the protesters and stone-throwers who bravely defied Israeli soldiers attacking innocent children.
Just because Israel cannot control its growing religiosity and xenophobia, Jordan does not believe that it should abandon its principles and tenets to suit others’ interests or to justify the unjustifiable.
Jordan has fair international political relations with the rest of the world, including with Israel. We have been respectful of interfaith relations, pushing toward greater inter-religious understanding, and we are truly faithful to the cause of a permanent peace that guarantees respect of the rights of all people in historic Palestine.

Jordan abhors those who believe that “might is right”, hunt children, cut down olive trees, demolish peoples’ houses, and confiscate their lands under laws which were concocted to serve the occupier, namely Israel. Jordan adopts morals and ethical references and measures others’ morality by them.

Just because Israel cannot control its growing religiosity and xenophobia, Jordan does not believe that it should abandon its principles and tenets to suit others’ interests or to justify the unjustifiable.

Jordan does not care what Israel takes it for, or what role it thinks Jordan should play in its scheme of things; the Kingdom has great confidence in itself and does not like to be taken for granted.

Silly attempts to draw a line in the water between Jordanians and Palestinian Jordanians comes close to a fool’s gold. We are all Jordanian at the end of the day.

Jordanians are peace lovers and their dignity comes before their economic well-being. This is what we are. We shall never stop working for the rights of Palestinians, we shall never condone child killing, and we will never stop referring to Israel as an apartheid state as long as it acts the way it does.

We are loyal to our Hashemite Kings, and we will continue our reform until we become the state we want to be.

The coincidence of Passover, Easter, and Eid Al- Fitr should have been an opportunity to cement peaceful relations and coexistence. Yet Israeli settlers and ideologues insisted on using it to display disparaging attitudes and myopia.


The writer is an economist, and has held several ministerial posts, including former deputy prime minister and former chief of the Royal Court.


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