Daily Israel Report

Jordan Continues Attempt to Persuade PA to Abandon UN Bid

Jordan continues its efforts to persuade the Palestinian Authority to reconsider its bid for statehood and United Nations membership.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 8/31/2011, 10:34 AM

Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah II
Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah II
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Jordan is continuing its efforts to convince the Palestinian Authority leadership to abandon its attempt to secure membership as a new country at the United Nations this September.

Officials in Amman have repeatedly warned their counterparts in Ramallah that such a bid will fail, Saudi Arabia's al-Medinah newspaper reported Tuesday.

Jordan views the move as dangerous, and “advised” PA Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas to abandon the attempt via Arab diplomatic channels, al-Medinah wrote. 

Moreover, such a bid carries the additional risk of ruining the Palestinian Authority's ability to fight for the “right of return,” Jordan reminded. The issue at hand is the so-called claim by millions of foreign Arabs descended from those who abandoned their homes in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem during Israel's defensive wars since 1948.

At least one expert maintains such a "right" might indeed be legally compromised if the PA goes ahead with its bid. Oxford University's Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, a renowned legalist, was retained by the Palestinian Authority to examine the issue. Nevertheless, Abbas has not yet expressed a willingness to reconsider the move.

Jordan in particular has an interest in this issue. The monarchy of the Hashemite Kingdom is based on a Bedouin tribe. However, nearly 80 percent of the population is comprised of Palestinian Authority Arabs.