King Abdullah of Jordan needs to abdicate

By Ted Belman

I met Mudar Zahran, currently the Secretary General of the Jordan Opposition Coalition (JOC), some six years ago and have kept closely in touch with him over the years.  I watched the JOC being formed and take shape, just as I watched their plan Operation Jordan is Palestine (OJIP) take shape. The goal of the later is:

“To establish Jordan as the Palestinian homeland, in accordance with international law, where refugees will be settled within safe and secure borders, allowing Israel to become a fully recognized, sovereign state over all of its soil, including all land west of the Jordan River.”

To make this possible, King Abdullah needs to abdicate.

While I agree with this Plan, I never promoted it personally, at least not until Donald Trump was elected president. I believe that if Pres Trump is won over by the plan, he can (and will) make it happen. It will mean the end of UNRWA and the PA.

In April, in the hope of winning him over, I wrote The Ultimate Alternate Plan. I am currently lobbying for this plan in the US.

In June of this year, Zahran and his staff started the International Jewish Muslim Dialogue Center (IJMDC) together with Zionists in Britain, where he has lived for years, and the United States. He and his staff then went on to organize a Conference on the subject The Jordan Option – The ultimate alternate solution to be held in October in Jerusalem. I agreed to be the Chairman of the conference.

A couple of weeks after they started promoting this conference on social media, the shit literally hit the fan.

King Abdullah had initiated a smear campaign against Zahran, the IJMDC, the Conference and me. We should have expected it.  But as Phineas T. Barnum, the 19th century American showman and circus owner once said, “There is no such thing as bad publicity”.

There was dead silence from the king’s regime for almost two weeks.  This changed on July 2, 2017 when the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), the Royal Family’s most diehard supporters and political partners, released a widely published public statement by the king’s media. The MB said:

“The deal of the century was being plotted to turn Jordan into the alternative homeland and waste Palestine and the holy sites, and this plot is happening with the cooperation of some Arabs”.

On July 5, Hamas leader Ismael Haniyah, issued a similar statement that included the following line:

“Hamas would never give up resistance (against Israel) and would never accept Jordan becoming Palestine”. He then warned that “the deal of the century is about to take place under a Palestinian cover”.

The Office of the National Director of Intelligence (ONDI) in Jordan’s government in exile reports:

  1. Sources inside Jordan’s king Royal Court confirmed that the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) statement came upon a specific request from the king’s intelligence desk. The sources confirmed Jordan’s king’s cousin, Prince Firas Ben Raaed, who is also the intelligence desk’s director, commissioned the MB’s leader, Zaki Bani Rushied to prepare and release statements against the conference and also to reach out to Hamas to make similar statements.
  1. For those who don’t know it, Bani Rushid’s is very close to Hamas’ Gaza leader Ismael Haniyah and fall above him in the Muslim Brother hierarchy in which Hamas is a mere component.
  1. According to inside sources, the MB’s Director (Zaki Bani Rushied) called Hamas’ Haniyah and requested that he make a statement against the conference. As such, a key phrase was coined – “under the cover of some Palestinians” was exactly in reference to the Palestinians and Jordanians taking part in the conference.
  1. An inside source close to Jordan’s king’s intelligence desk confirmed to ONDI that the regime is very afraid of the conference, but doesn’t want to come out in opposition to it for a variety of reasons. The largest being that if he speaks out, he will be recognizing that there is an actual opposition to his regime. The king is also afraid that if he recognizes it, he will be admitting that there are other options besides the destruction of Israel. The source confirmed the king had commissioned “several third parties” to do the talking for him.
  1. The king’s standard rhetoric with the West is that there is no organized opposition for him at all except for the Islamic terrorist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, which makes him the only reasonable option for ruling the country. Now the west knows the truth – terrorists who do not want peace in the middle east, work with (and for) the King, and that there is an active opposition movement against his dictatorship.
  1. Jordan’s King urges supporters to wage proxy attacks.The regime’s proxy attacks didn’t stop with statements by its Islamist mouthpieces. On July 5th, Jordan’s king’s loyalist and self-described “opposition figure” Laith Shubilat posted the conference flyer on his Facebook page and said, “The alleged opposition wants to take the Jordan option for peace off the table, may they bury me.”
  1. A Journalistic source close to Shubilat opined: “The regime is suffocating to death and your Conference is the last thing it needs”. He then went on to say that “the king wants to fight you but he is afraid of launching a campaign against you, so he is doing it by proxy. He is afraid that any campaign against you could (and would) give you more legitimacy not just before the leaders of the West, but his subjects, especially now that he realizes how popular and accepted the JOC and Zahran are by the Jordanian public and leaders in the west.”
  1. The King’s Jerusalem Operatives Are Smearing the Conference. The regime has also undertaken a smear and confusion campaign in Jerusalem through Arab Israeli Journalist Mr X. Several Israeli sources have confirmed to the JOC that Mr. X has been calling his contacts, telling them that “The event is fake” and that “Mudar Zahran is a fraud”. Furthermore, Mr. X utilized two women who are very close to him to spread the same rumors; Ms Y, and Ms Z. Both women have been launching a terrorist type campaign on social media smearing the conference, the speakers and anyone who will be attending. Mr. X has sent several email messages to those involved in the conference telling them that the conference is “a sham” and that “it would hurt their reputation to be associated with Mudar Zahran”.
  1. Another example of lies that Mr X, Ms Y and Ms Z are spreading is that some of the confirmed speakers were not attending at all. A journalistic source close to Jordan’s king’s royal media desk has confirmed that Mr X has been asked to undertake this under-cover operation by the king’s office. The source then added that Mr X “would not be putting all this effort for free or just because he enjoys it”.

But the problems with the King predate this event.

In February, 2012, I published a report from the Jordan Times about a 21 year old blogger in Jordan who was stabbed multiple times by a “thug”. Her family said the reason for this attack was probably because “Musallam wrote a statement in Arabic on her blog addressed to Prince Hassan, criticizing him for “underestimating the minds and abilities of the Jordanian people”.

The Public Security Department of Jordan vehemently denied this and proceeded to smear her. I took up her case and a telephone call was arranged. When I called her, it was obvious she had been visited and threatened. She told me that she doesn’t agree with me and that I shouldn’t bother her any more.

In 2012, Mudar Zahran wrote in Jordan Is Palestinian, published by MEFORUM,

”The unspoken truth is that the Palestinians, the country’s largest ethnic group, have developed a profound hatred of the regime and view the Hashemites as occupiers of eastern Palestine—intruders rather than legitimate rulers. “

He went on to describe the discrimination and oppression the Palestinians were subjected to by the King.

JPOST reported in Feb 2014, that Mudar “was sentenced in absentia last week in the Hashemite Kingdom to jail with hard labor” perhaps for 15 years. As a result, he applied for and was granted, asylum, in Britain where he currently lives.

In Sept 2015, Mohammed Btaibet in Jordan’s king promotes anti-Semitism explained why Jordan’s king is not an ally of the State of Israel and how the Jordanian media routinely promotes anti-Semitism in order to prevent the people within the country from rallying against the regime.

In October 2016 Zahran wrote in an article titled Jordan’s King Abdullah: Threatening the World

“Last month, Jordan’s King Abdullah addressed the world from the UN Podium, directly warning Israel that it could “be engulfed in a sea of hatred in a region of turmoil.”  These threats were not “just talk” as some of his few remaining Western cheerleaders would like to claim, but in fact, the king was making a threat, which he has executed into actions that could bring the world one step closer to another war in the Middle East.”

“What’s most alarming about this whole situation is this: the king clearly handed the parliament to Islamists whose agenda is to radicalize the public, cause instability in the region, and spread hatred against the West, USA and Israel.

“In total, at least 35 members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) are now in the parliament (Almost 27% of 130 seats) 15 members come from the Islamic Action Front Party, 10 from the Centrist Islamic Party and 10 MB affiliates who are not official members of the Brotherhood..

“..  making their vigorous return to the parliament evidence of a much-rumored “handshake” deal between the MB and the king.”

So, just at a time when the Gulf States have declared the MB a terrorist organization and the US is considering doing the same, the king empowers them.

In Jordan’s King Supports ISIS,

“,,,, you will see, with documented evidence, that Jordan’s king has been supporting ISIS, at best, with his recklessness and incompetence, or at worst; he empowers ISIS on purpose for reasons that will be explained here.”

In 2016, the New York Times reported in C.I.A. Arms for Syrian Rebels Supplied Black Market, Officials Say,

“Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.”

The US State Department published Jordan 2015 Human Rights Report. In it they literally threw the book at Jordan.

In May 2017, a Jordanian attacked and stabbed an Israeli officer in Jerusalem. The officer neutralized him and a very shocking video of the incident shows the attacker was relentless in trying to kill the Israeli. Nonetheless, Jordan’s government shocked the world by blaming Israel for what happened.

Mudar Zahran wrote, “Jordan’s king’s close advisor and his spokesperson, Mohammad AlMomani, said what happened was a “heinous crime” and “Israel is to blame because it is the occupying force”.

This has driven Israeli Prime Minister to forgo his silence about Jordan, officially making a statement himself: ”It’s time Jordan stopped playing both sides of the game,” he said. Adding that: “It is outrageous to hear the Jordanian government’s speaker support the terror attack which occurred today in Jerusalem’s Old City.”

As it happens, a year earlier another Jordanian killed four people in a restaurant in Israel. The prosecutor confirmed, “He was exposed to ISIS teachings while in Jordan.”

In fact, a recent congressional report confirmed more than 4,000 Jordanians were fighting with ISIS.

Zahran advised “The problem with Jordan is the fact that radicalization in Jordan is manufactured, incited, aided, and promoted by the regime itself.” And then explained how.

Our conference will take place as planned and hopefully our plan, The Ultimate Alternate Solution, will be adopted by Pres Trump and brought to fruition.

The Palestinians who comprise 75% of the population in Jordan need to be liberated from such an oppressive regime.

King Abdullah needs to abdicate.

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  1. @ david singer:
    Amen to that, brother. Or rather, Omein. He should have had to reimburse you. Frivolous lawsuits, especially when intended to silence, are reprehensible and victims should be recompensed.

  2. @ david singer:
    I suspect he is referring to the contributions people make to any non-profit organization. If so, I agree that this is unfair since people give to a non-profit because they agree with its goals.

  3. @ david singer:
    First of all there was nothing “vile” about my fair and obviously accurate comment, rather it was a penetrating and direct one, although rhetorical. And it hit you in the tender spot. Wounded amour propre no doubt.

    Second of all, I would be happy for you to show this site PROOF, absolute proof, that all the money frittered away on your useless trail of inconsequential paper, was your own, from your own personal private fortune. I don’t mean “earnings” from speeches, because, being useless, I regard them as a kind of charity, not really earned money. If you were regarded as a minor figure, then you would be your own manager. The Specialist companies take too large a bite anyway.

    I must say however, you DO like a fight, even though a losing one. For which I have respect.

  4. @ Sebastien Zorn:

    Jordan: Ambassador may only return if guard is tried
    Thursday, July 27, 2017
    Sources told the Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad that Jordan will not allow Israeli ambassador Eynat Schlein to return to the country before “guarantees are received” for the prosecution of the security guard who shot two Jordanians to death during an attack on Sunday.

    The staff of the Israeli embassy in Jordan, including the security guard, returned to Israel on Monday following negotiations involving Israel, Jordan and the United States.”

    I really do not understand your optimism.

  5. 11:08
    Jordan: Ambassador may only return if guard is tried
    Thursday, July 27, 2017
    Sources told the Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad that Jordan will not allow Israeli ambassador Eynat Schlein to return to the country before “guarantees are received” for the prosecution of the security guard who shot two Jordanians to death during an attack on Sunday.

    The staff of the Israeli embassy in Jordan, including the security guard, returned to Israel on Monday following negotiations involving Israel, Jordan and the United States.

    That was the deal. They removed the life-saving metal detectors and in return the embassy staff got to return home. The kingdom of Jordan might as well be North Korea or Iran. Diplomatic immunity means nothing to them. There can be no embassy in Jordan. The treaty has already been broken.

  6. @ Sebastien Zorn:
    However, back to the substance of this issue, allowing dis-loyal Muslims to remain in Israel is to be permanently held hostage to external states that can activate this sleeper fifth column in the heart of Israel at any time. This is why I agree with the following statement which you took issue with:

    This is why any plan that envisions non-loyal Muslims remaining in Israel is a non-starter because it leaves a permanent sleeper fifth-column inside the heart of Israel who can be activated at any time.
    And why I completely agree with:

    Representative Walter M. Chandler from New York – I want to make at this time, Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the House, my attitude and views upon the Arab question in Palestine very clear and emphatic. I am in favor of carrying out one of the three following policies, to be preferred in the order in which they are named:
    (1) That the Arabs shall be permitted to remain in Palestine under Jewish government and domination, and with their civil and religious rights guaranteed to them through the British mandate and under terms of the Balfour declaration.
    (2) That if they will not consent to Jewish government and domination, they shall be required to sell their lands at a just valuation and retire into the Arab territory which has been assigned to them by the League of Nations in the general reconstruction of the countries of the east.
    (3) That if they will not consent to Jewish government and domination, under conditions of right and justice, or to sell their lands at a just valuation and to retire into their own countries, they shall be driven from Palestine by force.

    I have no problem with loyal Muslim Zionists like Sarah Zoabi.

    UNE 25, 2015 4:03 PM 22
    Mother of Israeli-Arab Zionist Muhammad Zoabi on ‘MasterChef’ Says ‘I am a Proud Zionist’ (VIDEO)

  7. @Ted

    You, see, I saw that I had replied to myself instead of David by mistake but could not correct it in edit. All of my duplicate posts were flawed attempts to fix that or some other feature that wouldn’t respond. In this case, the capability isn’t even there. Also, I couldn’t go back and attach the response to the relevant comment of his in the thread. You may recall, in the beginning, he took offense at that particular quote of Chandler’s which was only incidental to a link in your program. But, whether representative of the feeling of the whole congress or not, I don’t see how Israel or any country can allow an enemy population to remain. They must either declare loyalty or leave.

  8. @ Sebastien Zorn:
    All government bureaucrats should be tried, if not in the courts of hostile, foreign countries, then domestically with a jury composed of hostile, private sector types.

  9. @ Ted Belman:

    Wadda Ya Meen I won’t be singled out..I’m a Jew amn’t I” (I use the Irish more correct word, not the “genteel” English term “aren’t I”) Jews are singled out everywhere for a variety of given reasons, but really for only one reason…they are Jews.

  10. @ Sebastien Zorn:
    Butting in here, please excuse me….(haven’t I nice manners)… I really don’t understand you. In some earlier posts you were more liberal and lately a definite hard right-wing position,….. and now again you are saying something which causes eddies like a stone thrown into a pond.

    Let me speak plainly…..What the hell difference does it make to you or any Jew, whether the local Arabs “Delare Loyalty” or not. You saying so, intimates that you trust their word….. hey…?? So I’m surprised.

    I wouldn’t trust the word of ANY Arab even if he was my next door neighbour for 50 years. Who knows when the alcohol of shahid-ism will crawl into his pea-brain. “One day…One day” (as Jackie Gleeson was fond of saying) this truth will get through to ALL Jews …if there are any left by that time.

    A civilised approach and treatment does not work with barbarians who have been brought up on a brainwashing blood-spilling creed…Human blood, more specifically Jewish Blood….. Get wise and Get Smart. Was that a catch phrase for that TV show of years ago….gosh, it was 50 years ago…. How time flies. I always thought that Don Adams had the most inquisitive set of nostrils I’d ever seen,…..until I saw Hana Ashrawi. When younger, she sported a set that were more like the entrances to rabbit burrows…

    Or a couple of Nelson’s 32 lb cannon muzzles. The kind that if she was looking up when it was pouring rain, she could drown.

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