Interview Key Messages…. Palestinian Cause..
I re-asserted that that there is no alternative logical and practical solution to the two-state formula and that the window of this solution will not r...
emain open forever. The alterations to the situation on the ground regarding the territorial contiguity of the Palestinian state require accelerated efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive peace under US auspices and umbrella that ensures justice.
I also stressed the importance of upholding Jordanian interests in final status issues because in order to have a just and sustainable solution, the higher interests of Jordan, related to final issues, must be guaranteed, especially for Jerusalem, refugees, borders, security and water.
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the longest-lived in the region, and so the ensuing injustice continues. Solving this conflict will be a prerequisite to addressing several other challenges in the region.
Kerry’s Plan and Jordanian Role:
The US will propose a framework for negotiations and, if agreed upon by the two parties, it will serve as the foundation for negotiating final status issues. With respect to the border, Jordan will support the formula that would be reached by the Palestinians and Israelis under the auspices of the US, as long as it does not affect the sovereignty of Jordan, of course, and ensures Palestinians full sovereignty over their territory.
Jordan is playing a constructive role in bringing divergent views closer and finding solutions to ensure the right of Palestinians to a sovereign state, according to the Arab Peace Initiative, and the necessary security guarantees for the stability of all countries in the region.
Alternative Home Land
The history of the peace process has taught us that the moment we are closer to a solution, a few voices are raised to undermine it. The alternative homeland talk is a manifestation of this.
If what is meant by the alternative homeland is the illusions promoted by Israeli hardliners, who are bent on the possibility of de-populating Palestinian territories of its people, forcing them into Jordan, these are, without a single doubt, illusions. The international situation, the present circumstances, Jordanian nationalism, the Jordanian state and its established institutions as well as Palestinian nationalism are all the rock on which these illusions will collide and shatter.
If the talk about alternative homeland is being used to spread the poisonous idea of a political quota system in Jordan and divide people to incite them on the basis of origins and regions, then the Jordanian people from all backgrounds will reject such a destructive discourse because our national identity is inclusive.
Here I want to emphasize that the right to return is one of the constants of the Jordanian state, but this does not contradict at all with the concept of citizenship and the rights and duties it entails. Citizenship is the framework governing the relationship between the state and the individual and society.
Those who know how much Jordanian and Palestinian peoples embrace their Arab identity will rest assure that the relationship between them will strike an advanced example of cooperation and integration.
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