Faisal Al-Fayez, President of the Jordanian Senate and former Prime Minister of Jordan said that King Abdullah and Jordan were forced to pay the price of their rejection of the Deal of the Century by former U.S. President Trump, his advisor Jared Kushner, and others, who were involved in the recent attempted coup in the country. He made these remarks in an interview that aired on Russia Today TV Arabic on April 18, 2021. Al-Fayez said that Jordan had rejected former U.S. President Trump’s deal because it did not serve the interests of the Palestinians. He added that it is in Israel’s best interest to weaken Jordan. However, Al-Fayez said that he cannot blame anyone before the trial begins.
Faisal Al-Fayez: "Unfortunately, his Majesty King [Abdullah II] has paid the price for his pan-Arab stances. His position about the Palestinian cause, his opposition to the Deal of the Century, and his refusal to give in to the American policy towards the Middle East when former President Trump was in office... I believe that all this has even led to an economic siege on Jordan. I believe that all the facts will be revealed in the trial [of the alleged 'coup' ring]. We should wait and see. All the interrogations will be made public, and then... Foreign parties [who were involved in the 'coup']... It is said that [Jared] Kushner was involved in this matter, as well as from other countries... I believe that everything will be revealed in court.
"When Trump introduced the Deal of the Century, through Kushner... What did they give the Palestinians? 15% of historical Palestine, while planning to resolve the Palestinian problem at the expense of Jordan. But His Majesty was honest about it. He said it loud and clear: No to an alternative homeland [for the Palestinians in Jordan], No to resettlement [of Palestinians in Jordan], and Jerusalem, along with the Hashemite custodianship of it, is where we draw the line. This is what led Trump and Kushner to conspire against Jordan.
"I cannot cast claim upon anyone. But the Israelis and their relationship with President Trump, and Netanyahu and his hostile policies towards the Palestinians and towards Jordan ‚ these are all well-known. However, I cannot blame anyone before the trial begins. Israel's interest is to weaken Jordan."