INTO THE FRAY: The “Jordan-is-Palestine” Conference-Why I agreed to participate

For your perusal, my latest INTO THE FRAY column:

The “Jordan-is-Palestine” Conference-Why I agreed to participate

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Of all the “Right-wing” alternatives for the two-state formula, the “Jordan-is-Palestine” concept is the only not one inconsistent with the underlying principles of the “Humanitarian Paradigm”

It appears this week on the following sites (in alphabetical order):

ALGEMEINER: https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/16/the-jordan-is-palestine-conference-why-i-agreed-to-participate/
ISRAELI FRONTLINE: http://www.israelifrontline.com/2017/10/fray-jordan-palestine-conference-agreed-participate.html
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/21129
ISRAEL NEWS ONLINE: https://israelnewsonline.org/martin-sherman-the-jordan-is-palestine-conference-why-i-agreed-to-participate/#.Wd_VLWiCw2w
ISRAEL RISING: https://www.israelrising.com/jordan-palestine-conference-agreed-participate/
ISRAPUNDIT: https://www.israpundit.org/the-jordan-is-palestine-conference-why-i-agreed-to-participate/
JERUSALEM HERALD: https://www.jerusalem-herald.com/single-post/2017/10/12/The-Jordan-is-Palestine-Conference-Why-I-Agreed-to-Participate
JEWS DOWN UNDER: https://jewsdownunder.com/2017/10/13/fray-jordan-palestine-conference-agreed-participate/
MEDIUM: https://medium.com/@martinsherman/into-the-fray-the-jordan-is-palestine-conference-why-i-agreed-to-participate-3edf2f5c3849
JEWISH PRESS: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/into-the-fray-martin-sherman/into-the-fray-the-jordan-is-palestine-conference-why-i-agreed-to-participate/2017/10/16/

Several short excerpts:

Palestine and Transjordan are one, for Palestine is the coastline and Transjordan is the hinterland of the same country –King Abdullah, Cairo, April 12, 1948.

Jordanians and Palestinians are considered by the PLO as one people –Farouk Kaddoumi, Head of the PLO Political Department, Newsweek, March 14, 1977.

Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine… –Prince Hassan, Jordanian National Assembly, February 2, 1970.

The truth is that Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan –King Hussein of Jordan, Amman, 1981.

Let us not forget the East Bank of the Jordan [River] where seventy percent of the inhabitants belong to the Palestinian nation. George Habash, leader of the PFLP of the PLO, February 1970.

Next Tuesday (Oct 17), a well-publicized conference on the “Jordan-is-Palestine”  idea, as the preferred resolution for the Israel-Palestine conflict, will be held at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem…Several followers of my work have raised a surprised eyebrow on learning of my participation in the “Jordan-is-Palestine” conference…Their surprise is understandable. After all, I have never been a strident advocate of the “Jordan-is-Palestine” doctrine, on the one hand; on the other, I have advanced—rigorously, regularly and resolutely—an ostensibly different policy prescription, which I have designated the “Humanitarian Paradigm”, entailing generously funded relocation and resettlement of the Palestinian-Arabs in third party countries….

New York Times report on Jordan’s King Hussein relinquishing claims to Judea-Samaria (Aug. 1, 1988)
New York Times report on Jordan’s King Hussein relinquishing claims to Judea-Samaria (Aug. 1, 1988)

… In this regard—i.e. in addressing Israel’s twin imperatives—the “Jordan-is-Palestine” option is qualitatively different from virtually all other policy blueprints advanced by “Right-wing” opponents of “two-statism”…

…For if the “Jordan-is-Palestine” option advocates: (a) the relocation/rehabilitation of the Arab residents of Judea-Samaria in territory that currently comprises the Hashemite monarchy; and (b) Israeli sovereign control of all the territory west of the Jordan; then this is merely a special case of the Humanitarian Paradigm…After all, if the general principle underlying the Humanitarian Paradigm is that the Arab residents should be relocated/rehabilitated in third party countries, leaving the choice of destination to the recipients of the relocation/rehabilitation funds, there is nothing that precludes Jordan from being such a potential destination….Accordingly, at the conceptual level, there is no substantive contradiction between the geographic and demographic outcomes that the Humanitarian Paradigm prescribes, and those that the “Jordan-is-Palestine” option is designed to produce…

As usual your talkbacks/comments/critiques welcome,
Best wishes,
MS

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