In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Tuesday, Jordan's King Abdullah II had some harsh things to say about the way Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was managing Israel's foreign policy. But perhaps, says MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union), Abdullah would be better off minding his own business – and worrying about his own problems.
“Abdullah is apparently the only Arab in the Middle East who doesn't know that Jordan is next in line for the 'Arab Spring' treatment, as occurred in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria,” MK Eldad said Tuesday afternoon.
“Instead of advising Israel, it would behoove him to realize that Jordan is the Palestinian state,” and to prepare for the uprising of the “Arab street” accordingly.
In the interview, Abdullah said that Israel was “sticking its head in the sand” and refusing to make any concessions to the Palestinian Authority. While he has been at times “encouraged” by statements Netanyahu has made, the Prime Minister never follows through on his promises, causing much frustration to Arabs.
“The vision [Netanyahu] has for the region has been reassuring. Having said that everything we see on the ground has been completely the opposite and as a result I think we're all disappointed and I think my best way to describe my view toward Israel is my increasing frustration.”
“I know that there are Israeli that are saying you know that the Arab Spring is a good thing for them and I don't think that is necessary the case as we've seen by recent examples” Abdullah added. “Israel has got to decide whether it continues to want to be a fortress mentality or whether they want to treat us as equals and be part of the neighborhood.”
But instead of worrying about Israel, said MK Eldad, Abdullah should be worrying about his own position. Protests have been growing in Jordan in recent months, he said, and it is just a matter of time before the scenarios that faced Hosni Mubarak and Bashar al-Assad come to Jordan.
“If I were him,” added Eldad, “I would begin loading up my private plane with all the gold I could get my hands on and escape while I still could.”