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Peace talks and the king in the middle

The current peace plan was reportedly proposed by Jordanian King Abdullah II to US President Barack Obama last year in order to avoid Jordan becoming Palestine.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II, January 8, 2015.
Photo by: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
Since January 8, 2014, the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper has published three reports on the alleged details of the Kerry peace plan.  Al-Quds Al-Arabi is one of the most prominent Arab newspapers and considered a major source of inside information on most Arab regimes. According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, US Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan revolves around Jordan’s king settling Palestinian refugees living in Arab countries in his kingdom and in exchange he would receive $55 billion for “Jordan’s role in hosting refugees for over five decades”.

Al-Quds Al-Arabi
adds that the US administration sees Jordan’s role as the key to solving the refugees problem as it has been one of the most difficult obstacles to peace. Al-Quds Al-Arabi adds that Kerry’s plan includes the Palestinian Authority (PA) recognizing Israel as a Jewish state and Israel handing the West Bank to the PA. Settlements would be condensed to certain areas and 20 percent of settlers would be relocated. Israel would keep little over 6 percent in the West bank which will be substituted by 5.4 percent of land inside Israel being given to the PA.

On 19 January, Ynews reported that the current peace plan was proposed by Jordanian King Abdullah II
to US President Barack Obama last year in order to avoid Jordan becoming Palestine (i.e. Jordan’s king being toppled by his Palestinian majority). Ynews confirms that “This is how Kerry’s plan was born”.



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