The political dilemma of the government and MPs

Makram Tarawneh
Makram Ahmad Al-Tarawneh (Photo: Jordan News)
Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh has stressed that Jordan’s options are open regarding the Zionist aggressions on our Palestinian people, a position he voiced to go with the tide when lawmakers agreed unanimously on the demand to expel the ambassador of the occupation state during their meeting on Monday.  اضافة اعلان

The government and the House have placed themselves in a very awkward political position before the Jordanian public, especially as there has been no decisive decision in that regard. In a display of unique unanimity, the lawmakers demanded the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador. For its part, the government got the message and will get back to the Chamber.

The public will not accept anything short of a tangible difference on the ground, and the people are awaiting the Jordanian response.

The risk we cannot miss here lies in delaying a decision. The street listened to the premier’s remarks under the dome and are eagerly waiting for the outcome. Their hopes are pinned on that. If let down, there will be a political price to pay that neither the government nor MPs can pay, especially as the relations between each and the street are at their worst.

Such decisions need special political calculations by the state, otherwise it would not hesitate to take decisive action from the moment flocks of settlers and occupation troops attacked Jerusalemites. Everyone appreciates that need, but there should be equally significant calculations, particularly considering Jordan’s historic role in Jerusalem and its holy sites, that should not be underestimated.

In addition, the domestic situation should also be taken into consideration; everyone is waiting for the news announcing the expulsion of the Israeli envoy. It is a decision that the stage is especially ready for.

We should realize that the MPs’ decision did not happen in a vacuum. This is a legislature that has its own considerations. We also know that Khasawneh would not have delivered the speech he did on national television had he not had his reasons. It was an indication that Jordan is heading towards escalation with the occupation, unless Israel brings an end to its provocations, which, as His Majesty King Abdullah said, were the factors that led to the ongoing escalation.

The government has no choice but to respond to the people’s representatives, and a failure to do so means that it has failed the most important and serious test it has faced since its inception seven months ago.

A bigger danger will present itself if we do not take a decision of appropriate proportion relative to the gravity of the development. It will affect how the occupation state will look at Jordan. We are aware that this state has never respected the Jordanian custodianship of the Islamic and Christian holy sites and keeps provoking us the way it has done recently. This state should know that what it does constitutes a breach of the agreements signed, reflecting the fragility of bilateral ties and the need to revisit the deals.   In fact, we have not benefited at all from the peace deal.

In a nutshell, the government has to neglect all external considerations and go ahead with the expulsion of the Zionist ambassador and call back our envoy there. In this way, the official and grassroots positions would be identical and the message to Israel would be strong enough to make sure Tel Aviv understands that it is not safe from Jordan’s reactions.

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