The Jordanian King and Palestinian leader are looking forward to the re-introduction of a two-state solution by the Biden administration
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Jordanian King Abdullah on Sunday to find ways to reintroduce the two-state formation as a solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian dispute. The emergence of Joe Biden as the new US president, trampled on by the outgoing Trump administration and its Middle East Peace Plan, brought back hope. The officials said both the monarch and the leader of the Palestinian government were looking forward to talks with Biden.
“In his official statement, Jordan King said, “His Majesty emphasised that Jordan stood alongside Palestinians with all its resources in achieving their rightful rights to set up an independent state. King Abdullah, who spoke last week to the US President-elect to applaud the latter, said Biden was inclined to support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
The White House regime change brought much joy to Jordan and the Palestinians, who felt sidelined and overlooked by the pro-Israel policies of Donald Trump. U.S. and under the Trump age. As the outgoing US president recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, cut funding to the UN agency to help Palestinian refugees, and threatened to cancel assistance to the Palestinians, Palestinian relations dipped to their lowest levels unless they resumed talks with Israel.What created the most friction between Trump and the Palestinian leaders was US support for the hostile annexation plan of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Arab King and the Palestinian leader, together with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, intend to fly together for a summit in order to make a stronger argument for a two-state solution to the new US government. Former Jordanian minister and government spokeswoman Asma Khader emphasised the need to form a united front to fight Israel.
“It is important to demonstrate that there is a strong coalition of Jordanians, Palestinians and Egyptians interested in peaceful resolution and that they are the key to the stability and peace of the region,” she told Arab News. “What better day than on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People to show that unity.”
Many have noted that the Trump administration has behaved in a whirlwind over the past few months, moving forward its most aggressive Middle East strategy, pressuring Arab and Muslim countries to normalise relations with Israel. Palestine criticised the move as a risky step that could silence and discourage many of its supporters from raising their voices against growing Israeli settlements and the Palestinians’ financial blockade.
Since the dawn of events, Jordan has been helping Palestinians as it has been directly affected by the conflict. Moreover, Israel’s annexation of greater parts of the West Bank would mean that Jordan would become an alternative state for the Palestinians, with more than 7 million Palestinian people in the region. During the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the Arab nation had already lost its territories, including East Jerusalem, to Israel.