The Wall Street Journal interviewed King Abdullah of Jordan on the eve of this trip to the United States for President Obama’s nuclear disarmament conference. For those who, like me, do not have subscriptions to the Journal, you can find the full interview on the website of the Jordanian embassy to the United States here.
The essence of the King’s argument is that Israel has to concede to allowing Arabs into Israel to be a majority (what the Muslims call the right to return… except a majority of those returning wouldn’t even be Palestinian because the whole Muslim world now claims to be from there.)
The Saudi plan is a recipe for the end of the Jewish state. It calls for Israel to be shrunk to the indefensible 1949 armistice lines and to accept every Arab who claims that he is descended from a ‘Palestinian’ who left in 1948. We would be inundated with millions of ‘Palestinian refugees.’ Why on earth would we ever agree to that? So that the 57 members of the OIC would recognize our ‘right to exist’ for the three months until the next election takes place? That’s absurd.
Our options are not going to be reduced so long as we still hold defensible territory and we prevent a ‘Palestinian state’ from coming into being on any terms other than terms that are acceptable to us. The ‘Israeli Arabs’ are not going to become 50% or even close to that any time in the foreseeable future. That’s a lie. And most Israelis know it. (More here, here, here and here).
The King says the stuff that we hear online in so called forums about Israel being a disability to the United States when in fact it is it’s strength and is an Island of Democracy in a region where the U.S. can not orchestrate one as seen in Iraq. That part of Abdullah talking is to be expected because he really doesn’t have much of an argument since he is revoking the citizenship of Palestinians he supposedly cares so much for. The King is not thinking differently. He still sees a solution where Israel makes itself unsustainable to the point where the is a giant pogrom in a redistricted Holy land and all the Jews are murdered in a riot created by throwing down borders. Borders are important to Democracy. The Greeks understood this. Without the limitation and representation of a group of people that can be assumed to reside within a government, Democracy can not happen. Any Internationalist view of a Democratic Republic reverts to Dictatorship or Oligarchy… just like Jordan. A Democracy with fluid borders is a totalitarian dictatorship that recreates representation through gerrymandering. This is the Arab idea of Democracy… no wonder they can’t get it working.
By the way… the photo taken is from Star Trek:
The king is also an acknowledged fan of the science fiction saga Star Trek. In 1996, while he was still a Prince, he appeared in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Investigations“. It was a non-speaking role as he was not a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Revoking the citizenship of Palestinians living in his country? that isn’t very Star Trek like. maybe they should of talked to him. It would of been a more relevant plot line then any treachery in outer space.