By Ted Belman.
David Singer, an Australian lawyer and founder of Jordan Is Palestine, is right in his article “Israeli Right does not seek overthrow of Jordan’s monarchy” (which appears the next post down.). He has been disagreeing with me both publicly and privately on my Jordan Option.
In his article he argues that the right does indeed have a solution to providing for the civil rights for Palestinian Arabs after annexation, except for overthrowing Jordan’s Hashemite monarchy.
The solution according to him is to offer residency or citizenship to all 50,000 to 70,000 Arabs in Area C should Israel extend sovereignty. He says nothing about how Israel should contend with the PA and its backers or how to accommodate the fact that Israel would not be sovereign over A or B and all the problems it would entail.
But he does envisage that the king may have something to say.
“However Jordan needs to negotiate with Israel on Judea and Samaria’s future after 40 years of refusing to take up the JIP solution to resolve a conflict now in its 100th year – if it wishes to regain any part of Judea and Samaria that was unified with Transjordan in 1950 and then renamed Jordan – with its Arab residents enjoying Jordanian citizenship until 1988.”
Jordan gave up its rights to negotiate for the Palestinians and to any part of the land west of the river in 1988. What’s there to negotiate? Why does he even mention this?
I think that extending sovereignty over Area C and giving residency or Israeli citizenship who live there is OK so far as it goes. But. Singer doesn’t deal with the problematic parts of his solution such as who would be sovereign over A and B and how would you manage the traffic between such areas.. Nor does he make the case for keeping the King in power. Nor does he comment on the role of the PA.
The reason why the Jordan Option involves replacing the king as ruler with Mudar Zahran as President, is because it provides Israel with many potential benefits that Singer’s solution doesn’t begin to dream of.
- It allows for the extention of sovereignty over Areas A and B by Israel in addition to C and negates the need to offer Israeli citizenship to any Arab living in A, B or C.
- It offers a plan to reduce the number of Arabs living in Gaza, A, B or C by inducing them to emigrate to Jordan.
- Ultimately Oslo and UNRWA will be dispensed with and Jordan under Zahran will administer the Arabs living there.
- It will bring peace to the Middle East, finally, whereas Singer’s plan, will perpetuate the 100 year war. It will acerbate it, not end it.
I far prefer the Jordan Option to Singer’s “solution”.