King Abdullah of Jordan warns of “massive conflict” if Israel proceeds with annexation

“The two-state solution is the only way for us to be able to move forward,” King Abdullah II said.
Saturday 16/05/2020
A file picture shows Jordanian King Abdullah II deliver a speech at the European Parliament, last January, in Strasbourg, France. (AFP)
Warning. A file picture shows Jordanian King Abdullah II deliver a speech at the European Parliament, last January, in Strasbourg, France. (AFP)

AMMAN--King Abdullah II of Jordan warned that Israel’s annexation of parts of the West Bank could lead to “a massive conflict” between his country and the Jewish state and did not exclude the possibility of suspension of Jordan’s 1994 peace treaty with Israel if it proceeds with annexation.

“If Israel really annexed the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” he told German magazine Der Spiegel Friday.

After the formation of a unity government, Israel could start July 1 a process of annexation of Palestinian occupied territories as part of the US peace plan which allows it to annex about one third of the West Bank and have full control of Jerusalem.

Asked if that would mean suspension of the peace treaty with Israel, King Abdullah replied, “I don’t want to make threats and create an atmosphere of loggerheads, but we are considering all options.”

With Egypt, Jordan is only one of two Arab countries to have formal peace treaties with Israel.

King Abdullah II of Jordan (R) meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, last March. (AFP)
King Abdullah II of Jordan (R) meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, last March. (AFP)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who visited Israel May 13, seemed more cautious than in the past about green-lighting Israel’s annexation designs saying he discussed with Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu “how to act with various relevant stakeholders” within the US “vision for peace.”

King Abdullah cautioned that “leaders who advocate a one-state solution do not understand what that would mean. What would happen if the Palestinian National Authority collapsed? There would be more chaos and extremism in the region,” he said.

The Jordanian monarch  added that the notion of a “one-state solution” is rejected by all member-states in Arab League meetings.  “The two-state solution is the only way for us to be able to move forward,” he stressed.

He said his country agreed with Europe and the rest of the international community  that “the law of strength should not apply in the Middle East.”

He also questioned the timing of the annexation debate. “Is now, in the midst of the Corona pandemic, really the time to discuss whether we want a one- or two-state solution for Israel and Palestine? Or should we be discussing how we can fight the pandemic together?” he asked.

Various Arab countries as well as the European Union have warned in recent days against the adverse fallout of Israeli annexation moves on peace and security in the region and the world.