Jordan rejects US proposal to create confederation with Palestine

Jordan on Sunday rejected an alleged proposal by the United States that calls for the creation of a confederation between Palestine and Jordan, saying it is impossible to join the Hashemite Kingdom with Palestine's West Bank.

Spokeswoman for the Jordanian government Jumana Ghunaimat told local media that joining Jordan with the Israeli-occupied West Bank was not a matter that is open for discussion, and it was not possible. She added that Jordan's stance, which she said supports a two-state solution regarding Palestine-Israel issue, was fixed and clear.

Also, the political wing of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Action Front (IAF) spokesman Murad Adayleh told Anadolu Agency (AA) that formation of the confederation would cause Palestinians to lose their right to retake their occupied lands.

The idea of confederation means Palestinian people to lose their right to liberate its occupied lands. This right can only be achieved by the liberation of all Palestinian lands, Adayleh said, asserting that Jordanian people would not accept any solution that will put Palestinians' rights at risk.

Earlier in the day, Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said US President Donald Trump's aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner and the US Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt offered him the idea of establishing a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation.

Speaking at a meeting with the non-governmental organization Peace Now in Ramallah, Abbas reportedly said he would accept the offer and asked if Israel would be a part of the proposed confederation.

Palestinian Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the peoples of Palestine and Jordan were the ones to decide on the confederation. He noted that the idea of a confederation with Jordan has been on the agenda of the Palestinian administration since 1984, AA reported citing Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Source: International Islamic News Agency