Saturday, 31 July 2021 12:59 GMT

Jordan- Waiting on Trump: The Jerusalem Decision


(MENAFN - Alghad Newspaper)

The entire country is holding its breath for the White House decision on Jerusalem.

We are not the only ones on the edge of our seats, as Jordanians, waiting to see what the decision of US President Donald Trump is going to be. The entire Arab and Muslim World is waiting on Washington to break the news.

Personally, I do not know whether or not Trump is going to decide to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem, despite all our warnings.

Even by the Americans' own standards, it is considered an impetuous, uncalculated and unnecessary escalation that negates every single effort made for peace.

Since day one as President, Trump has been talking all about his plan for peace, but has yet to disclose it to us; what peace does he aspire to attain in Palestine?

Inherently inseparable, be it the declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital or the relocation of the embassy, neither leaves room for peace in the region! It is insensible and could easily explode the entire region beyond repair, ever!

Jordan has been trying to enlighten the US administration on the sensitivity and the situation, from an objective point of view. US officials of all political levels have been informed of the certain repercussions of such a step, more than once, during His Majesty's recurrent visits to the US.

Just days ago, the King and the US Secretary of Defence discussed this issue in Aqaba, extensively.

Even the African Leaders, who are not necessarily directly involved the Middle Eastern affairs, have concurred His Majesty's views on the mater.

What we know for now is that a decision is underway.

Trump's motives, despite the objective sensitivity of the matter, seem to be purely subjective. His administration is floundering, and he is dire need of the far-right's support.

Regardless the warnings and ominous events in these last few years, the US administration seems adamant about it!

Trump's recklessness aside, the real frustration is the fact that Jordan is all alone in this battle. We are the only Arab country making a stand for the Palestinian Cause, as its top priority.

Notably, this is nothing new.

In fact, the Palestinian Cause has been among Jordan's most pressing priority over the years, while other countries have turned their backs and cosied up to Israel!

Still, alone or not, it doesn't relieve any one of the responsibility to address the issue at hand now!

Jordan has been trying hard to bring the dangers of escalation in Palestine to light. By working with the Palestinians, and the Egyptians as well, although to lesser extent, Jordan has done everything to build momentum for its cause.

Make no mistake, this is a difficult time for the world in general, and the Arab region in particular.

If the US decision announces the relocation or the declaration of Jerusalem as capital, it will reflect with catastrophe throughout the region!

Therefore, Jordan has already set the wheels in motion to prepare for an emergency ministerial convention of the Arab League and the Islamic Cooperation Organisation, should the worst be upon us.

Either one of the two options the US is looking at will have unfathomable regional repercussions.

Jordan's position has also been elaborately conveyed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi, during a meet with his US counterpart, Rex Tillerson. He stated clearly that any treads on the historical and religious status of Jerusalem will have catastrophic consequences.

The Kingdom's position on the matter is clear as it is consistent.

Palestine is the most central regional issue. Fair peace is integral and can only be advanced by open cooperation and understanding. Any unilateral decisions to alter the historical status of Jerusalem, as an occupied city, will certainly endanger the very premise of peace.

Jerusalem is invaluable to Jordan, as it is to all Arabs.

Despite Jordan's Custodianship of the religious endowments of the occupied city, the truth is that we are all collectively responsible for its protection. Else, we all suffer the consequence of our failure!

Will Trump do it?

If he does, which is not so unlikely, the entire region will stand on the brinks of a new crisis, a new phase, with renewed and even amplified struggles and disputes. The popular view which sees the US as an enemy will be reinforced among Muslims and Arabs alike.

Subsequently, we can all expect more rage and frustration fuelling the fires of terror and radicalisation, bringing fear and destruction to the entire world!

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.

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