What comes after the ceasefire?

Mohammad Hussein Al-Momani
Mohammad Hussein Al-Momani (Photo: Jordan News)
Hopes are high right now that the dynamics and status of the Palestinian cause would differ from before, following recent events.

There seems to be a considerable level of awareness among Palestinians and those who support them from around the region and the world that they are capable of achieving justice and defeating the Israeli war machine peacefully, despite its global political stature.   اضافة اعلان

Through their peaceful struggle, Jerusalemites have managed to preserve their right to worship in Al-Aqsa and to sway a noteworthy portion of the global public opinion to their side. They have also succeeded in unifying the Palestinian people from across the political spectrum, regardless of their geographical location. This important gain has transferred the battlefield from the military realm, where Israel is at an advantage, to that of garnering international awareness and sympathy by focusing media attention on the injustice and oppression facing the Palestinian people. 

The battle for public opinion was not without its flaws that must not be repeated. We must communicate with the world in a language it understands and can respond to, and because justice is on our side, we must focus on two things: First, Israel is an apartheid state and the conflict will live on so long as the occupation exists. This duality is starting to receive widespread attention, considering it is both righteous and logical, and has managed to force Israel onto the defensive, which sooner or later will have to give in to the establishment of a Palestinian state, which grants Palestinians justice and ends the ongoing apartheid.

Jordan’s stance was the firmest and most authentic, not just in defense of the Palestinian people and their national rights, but also in defense of Jordan’s higher strategic interests regarding peacekeeping and the two-state solution. Jordan has utilized the diplomatic, political, security, and media-related tools at its disposal to support the Palestinians in an effort that only few have doubted.

Jordan would not have hesitated in expelling the Israeli ambassador as it has done before. However, this decision is tied to the Kingdom’s continued support to the Palestinian people and the elimination of the occupation’s aggression on Palestine, which are objectives that can be realized in the presence of the ambassador, not in his absence. The field hospital that Jordan has established, and the calls, and the diplomatic and political pressures exerted would not have been feasible or effective had the ambassador been absent. States must use the means at hand wisely and rationally, and the decision to support the Palestinians in the ways that it did was an objective-based, institutional decision taken by Jordan during the latest round of conflict.

Netanyahu is politically vulnerable at the moment, despite missing the chance to form a united national government of which he’s not the leader. It became apparent that after recent events that much of Netanyahu’s power had been derived from Trump, his coconspirator. But the Biden administration assumed an admirable, moral, and humanitarian position that had some political depth to it.

Israel has and continues to pay the price of Netanyahu’s decade-long rule, and because of him it has lost a major portion of the world’s sympathy, subjecting its case to controversy between the Democrats and Republicans. Ten years of Netanyahu’s rule have made most Arab moderates who believe in the possibility of peace incapable of condemning Hamas’ rockets, even in international media. The outrage has grown too large and anti-Israel speech has spread, and become prevalent thanks to Netanyahu.

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