Jordanians would rather not be at peace with Israel

Monday, October 26, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

On the 15th anniversary of the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty, the Hashemite Kingdom's major newspapers all decried their nation's diplomatic status with the Jewish state, and suggested that the majority of the population would rather not have peace with Israel.

All of the top four Jordanian newspapers characterized the Jordanian-Israeli peace as "frigid," though Israelis regularly visit and do business in Jordan.

The editors of those papers all attributed their ill feelings to what they called Israel's mistreatment of the Palestinians. It should be noted that the Jordanians have have had their own problems with the Palestinians, and very violently expelled Yasser Arafat's PLO from the kingdom in 1971. So the editors comments would seem hypocritical, except that the majority of Jordan's citizens are in fact Palestinians.

That is why one editor could comfortably claim that 80 percent of Jordan's citizens still consider Israel and enemy state and would rather not have a peace treaty between the two states.

The editors all seemed to agree that the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty has only survived this long due to strategic regional concerns.

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