The Summit may nicely be creating that acceptable environment which ultimately sees Jordan-PLO-Egypt negotiations with Israel to lastly full the answer first contemplated in 1922
The Negev Summit (Summit) going down on 27 and 28 March—hosted by Israel’s Overseas Minister Yair Lapid– might be the catalyst for selling the start of direct negotiations—with out preconditions—between Israel, Jordan, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Egypt—on the allocation of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria (West Financial institution) and Gaza.
Summit attendees will embrace:
- US Secretary for State Antony Blinken
- Minister of Overseas Affairs of the United Arab Emirates H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed
- Minister of Overseas Affairs of Bahrain Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani,
- Minister of Overseas Affairs of Morocco Nasser Bourita, and
- Minister of Overseas Affairs of Egypt Sameh Shoukry.
Jordan’s Overseas Minister Ayman al-Safdi will probably be assembly PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah through the Summit. Nevertheless—in response to Israel’s Channel N12—al-Safdi could be a part of the Summit earlier than the occasion is concluded.
On March 18 Principal Deputy Spokesperson within the US State Division—Jalina Porter—had introduced Blinken’s go to to the Center East with out mentioning the Summit.
Porter articulated the Biden Administration’s views on making a second Palestinian Arab State in former Palestine—along with Jordan:
… “the Biden-Harris administration believes that there should be a viable and democratic Palestinian state living in peace alongside a Jewish and democratic state. We believe that a negotiated two-state solution is the best way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the administration has also made clear on numerous occasions that Israelis and Palestinians alike equally deserve to live in security, prosperity, and freedom.”
Porter’s selection of the time period “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” was unlucky. A extra acceptable time period would have been the “Arab-Jewish conflict” which has been raging unresolved in former Palestine for greater than 100 years—lengthy earlier than the phrases “Israelis” and “Palestinians” have been created in 1948 and 1964 respectively.
On this long-running battle—each phrase counts.
United Nations Normal Meeting Decision 181—handed in 1947—had known as for Western Palestine – right this moment known as Israel, Judea and Samaria (West Financial institution) and Gaza—to be partitioned into one Arab State and one Jewish State. This space comprised 22% of the territory within the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine.
Jerusalem was to turn into a separate entity to be ruled by a particular worldwide regime.
The remaining 78% of former Palestine—Transjordan—right this moment known as Jordan—had already achieved its independence in 1946. This space was completely populated by Arabs—having been excluded from Jewish settlement in 1922 by article 25 of the Mandate for Palestine.
The Jews accepted Decision 181—nevertheless it was rejected by the Arabs—ensuing within the invasion of Western Palestine by the armies of six Arab States—Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
Transjordan conquered East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and unified these areas with Transjordan to type a brand new territorial entity—renamed Jordan in 1950—till these areas have been misplaced to Israel within the 1967 Six Day Warfare.
Egypt conquered Gaza and administered it between 1948 and 1967.
Summit participant—Egypt’s Sameh Shoukry—held talks in Cairo three weeks in the past with Ziad Abu Amr — the Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister and PLO Govt Committee Member — and Palestinian Minister of Social Improvement Ahmad Majdalani.
Shoukry then reportedly expressed the significance of continuous contact with numerous regional and worldwide events involved so as to create the suitable environment for reviving the negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides on the earliest alternative.
The Summit may nicely be creating that acceptable environment which ultimately sees Jordan-PLO-Egypt negotiations with Israel to lastly full the answer first contemplated in 1922—the division of former Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
Creator’s observe: The cartoon — commissioned completely for this text — is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one in all Israel’s foremost political and social commentators — whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and worldwide media publications for many years.
David Singer is an Australian Lawyer, a Basis Member of the Worldwide Analyst Community and Convenor of Jordan is Palestine Worldwide—a company calling for sovereignty of the West Financial institution and Gaza to be allotted between Israel and Jordan as the 2 successor States to the Mandate for Palestine. Earlier articles written by him will be discovered at: jordanispalestine.blogspot.com