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      Eldad: What is Jordan, if Not Palestine?

      By denying that Jordan is Palestine, Abdullah II denies his country’s reason for existence, says MK Aryeh Eldad.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 9/13/2011, 10:29 AM

      Despite Abdullah II’s protestations, Jordan is Palestine, MK Aryeh Eldad said Monday night. “Abdullah knows very well that there is no other justification for Jordan’s existence,” he declared.

      Abdullah’s Monday speech in which he rejected the Jordanian option was an attempt to “hold off the day when the crowds in Amman will do to him what was done to Mubarak and Qaddafi,” Eldad said.

      The Jordanian king should reconsider, he advised. “It would be better for him to declare Jordan the home of the Palestinian nation today, or to seek refuge in London, while he is still in control of his own fate,” he warned.

      Eldad mentioned a recent visit to Washington D.C., where he met with members of the United States Congress and Senate. American representatives showed great interest in the idea of Jordan providing a homeland for those who identify as Palestinian, he said.

      Britain created Jordan as a separate mandate in the 1920s, in an attempt to split British Mandatory Palestine into two parts, one Arab, one Jewish.

      Abdullah II declared Monday, “The Jordanian option is an illusion. Jordan is Jordan, and Palestine is Palestine.”

      Plans to create Jordan as a homeland for the Arab residents of the land of Israel belong to a “bygone era,” he said, adding, “let us think about our future rather than the past.”