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January 22, 2018
Clip No.
6394

Former Jordanian FM Kamel Abu Jaber: Jordan Did Not Give Up Sovereignty over West Bank, Should Reverse Disengagement

Jordanian Senator and Former Foreign Minister Kamel Abu Jaber said in a recent TV interview that "the disengagement was nothing but a political statement by the late King Hussein at a certain point in time, but by no means was it a political or religious disengagement from the Palestinian cause." "We did not give up sovereignty over the West Bank," he declared. Speaking on Jordan Today TV on January 22, Abu Jaber said that Jordanian-Palestinian unity would be a suitable response to the American measures and would "turn the tables not just in the West, but also in the Arab world."

 

Kamel Abu Jaber: "Trump needs Jordan more than Jordan needs him. It's true that we need material support, but he… He is looking at the midterm elections and the coming elections… When the Jordanian king and leadership meet with Vice President (Pence), it gives him some credibility, which enables him to talk to the Congress. The Congress and the U.S. government is in shutdown at the moment.

 

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"Let me think out loud. If I were in the Jordanian leadership today, I would say that I want to create Palestinian-Jordanian unity again. I want to reach an understanding with the Palestinians over 20 clauses – one after the other. Some clauses will be for the short-term, some for the medium-term…"

 

Interviewer: "Unity or just the abolishment of the Jordanian disengagement from the West Bank? Unity would mean taking Gaza too."

 

Kamel Abu Jaber:​​​​​​​ "As far as I am concerned – and I am well versed in all the details – the disengagement was nothing but a political statement by the late King Hussein, at a certain point in time, but by no means was it a political or religious disengagement from the Palestinian cause. It was a political declaration that was meant to serve a certain purpose, in response to the will of the Palestinians at the time, to have their own state and to speak for themselves. It was also in keeping with the resolution of the 1974 Arab League summit in Rabat…"

 

Interviewer: "So you think that a possible solution to the crisis likes in Jordanian-Palestinian unity?"

 

Kamel Abu Jaber:​​​​​​​ "Absolutely. Oh boy, if that happens… Well, it requires brains, and I don't know if they exist or not."

 

Interviewer: "So you think that as a response to the American measures, Jordanian-Palestinian unity could turn the tables?"

 

Kamel Abu Jaber:​​​​​​​ "Absolutely. It would turn the tables not just in the West, but also in the Arab world.

 

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"We did not give up sovereignty over the West Bank."