PA president Abbas, Jordan King Abdullah II_311.
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More than 1,000 Jordanians have signed a petition opposing the idea of a
confederation between the kingdom and a future Palestinian state.
petition also opposes using Jordan as a launching pad for Western military
intervention in Syria.
Recent reports have suggested that US and Western
security advisers have arrived in Jordan to train Syrian rebels
and help the
Jordanians face a growing influx of Syrian refugees.
have also voiced opposition to the confederation idea, saying it should be
discussed only after the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with
east Jerusalem as its capital.
The petition was signed by retired army
officers and representatives of various political parties, parliamentarians and
professional unions in Jordan.
It came in response to reports that the
Palestinian Authority leadership and Jordan were conducting secret talks about
forming a future confederation.
The petition accused US President Barack
Obama, who visited Israel, Ramallah and Jordan last month, of working toward
“dividing the region so as to serve Western-Zionist interests.” It said that
both Palestinians and Jordanians were opposed to the confederation
This plan, the petition stated, “comes at the expense of
the Palestinians’ historic and national rights and at the expense of Jordan and
the future of its citizens.” The petition called on Palestinians and Jordanians
to work toward thwarting the alleged confederation scheme.
accused Obama of exerting pressure on Jordan to play a role in Western military
intervention by training Syrian and non-Syrian “mercenaries” and dispatching
them to southern Syria.
“Attempts to involve Jordan in the aggression
against Syria come in the context of efforts to dismantle the Jordanian State,”
the petition charged. It said that these efforts were mainly designed to
undermine the Jordanian army so as to pave the way for the “confederation
conspiracy” and replace Jordan with a Palestinian state.
“We call upon
our Jordanian people and army to confront this plot to get Jordan involved in an
aggression on Syria,” the petition continued. “We also call for thwarting the
confederation conspiracy and expelling foreign troops from our country.”