While the July 1 deadline has passed, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to push for annexation of the Jordan Valley and other parts of the West Bank. And neighboring Jordan continues to lead widespread Arab opposition to this move, going so far as to threaten the stability of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty.
But at the end of the day, shared national interests will compel the Hashemite Kingdom to accept Israeli annexation and the long-overdue final demarcation of the Jewish state’s eastern border.
Fear of the ‘Jordan Option’
One of the prevailing arguments against the extension of Israeli law over the Jordan Valley, and indeed against Trump’s “Deal of the Century” as a whole, is that it will destabilize Jordan.
Many in Jordan are worried that the Palestinian majority in the kingdom will exploit the opportunity to advance the “Jordan Option,” which would turn Jordan into the Palestinian state. But these fears are exaggerated.
Foundation of common interests
The Kingdom of Jordan has been a strategic partner of Israel for many years, even before the…