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Oct 17, 2022
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Jordanian Parliament Speaker Abdul Karim Deghmi: Most Jordanians Reject Normalization With Israel, Despite The Peace Agreement; Arabs Do Not Trust Israel

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Source: Russia Today TV (Russia)

Jordanian parliament speaker Abdul Karim Deghmi said in an October 17, 2022 interview on Russia Today TV that most Jordanians, as well as other Arabs, reject normalization with Israel despite the peace agreement and the relations between the countries. He said that this is because the Jordanian people believe that Israel cannot be trusted to abide by its agreements. Deghmi said that a two-state solution would be good because it correspondence with the UN resolutions, however, "it is clear" that the Israelis do want to give Palestinians a state. It is noteworthy that in May 2021, Deghmi said that "a popular war is the only way to liberate Palestine" and suggested that Jordan provide Palestinians with fighters and weapons. For more information, see MEMRI TV Clip No. 8849.

Abdul Karim Deghmi: "Wherever His Royal Highness goes – and he maintains good ties with the West and the [rest of the] world – he fights for the two-state solution, which was agreed upon more than 30 years ago: a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, and the State of Israel. Perhaps deep in our hearts as citizens, we do not accept the existence of the State of Israel and we do not recognize it, but as a solution that corresponds with UN resolutions, it would be good if it would happen."

Interviewer: "We see sessions of the Jordanian parliament that sometimes degenerate into brawls, when the issue at hand has to do with Israel. Will things remain this way?"

Deghmi: "The normalization [with Israel]... On the official level, there is the [peace] agreement, but on the popular level... Most Jordanians reject this normalization, because we are dealing with people who cannot be trusted to abide by pledges and agreements. The agreement with the Palestinians about the two-state solution... It is clear that they do not want to give the Palestinians a state. It is clear that they reject the two-state solution. Therefore, all the Arabs, not just the Jordanians, do not trust them."

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