Monday, May 15, 2017

15-May-17: If Jordan's stand on terror is "clear to everyone", can they answer these two questions?

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri
and Saeb Erekat, PLO’s executive committee’s secretary and chief
Palestinian negotiator, during a press conference in Amman on Sunday
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Over at Ynet, there's a report ["Responding to Netanyahu, Jordan says stance against terrorism 'clear to everyone'", Roi Kais, May 14, 2017] from last night that's hard for us to ignore.

It quotes the foreign minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan attempting to explain, in the wake of bitter criticism from Israel a day earlier, that when it comes to defeating the terrorists, Jordan is on the right side:
After Israel and Jordan trade accusations and condemnations over Saturday's stabbing attack which resulted in the killing of a Jordanian citizen, Jordan announces, 'Our positions against violence and terrorism are clear to everyone,' adding that they are invested in 'establishing security, peace and freedom for the Palestinians... Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi made his response at a press conference in Amman with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shukri and Saeb Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee... “Jordan is and was a voice of reason and peace... " Safadi said, adding that King Abdullah II is “invested in establishing security, peace and freedom for the Palestinians.”
Jordan came in from criticism from many quarters, including via a speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, in the wake of the events we described on Saturday ["13-May-17: In Jerusalem's Old City, a Jordanian stabs an Israeli and the Jordanians are outraged (so are we, for different reasons)"] Essentially, the Jordanians reacted to the killing of a Jordanian attacker who was stopped while in the act of an unprovoked stabbing attack on an Israeli Druze police officer by condemning Israel.

We are going to try to get a message to Mr Safadi of Jordan tonight. In it, we plan to ask him these two questions:
  1. When he refers to the Kingdom of Jordan holding "positions against violence and terrorism", does he see this as being consistent with harboring a self-confessed Jordanian mass-murderer who is on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list and, in effect, telling the American Justice Department to go take a hike
  2. Does Jordan being "a voice of reason and peace" fit with Jordan's repudiation - on transparent and specious grounds - of the Extradition Treaty it signed in 1995 with the United States and which the United States (as sources in the US government have given us to understand) regards as fully effective and valid?
We absolutely share the Jordan foreign minister's view that Jordan's "positions" ought to be "clear to everyone".

As clear as they can possibly be.

The background is here.

1 comment:

Tzioni said...

One cannot expect any declarations emanating from a Muslim nation to be true. Remember, they practice taquiyya, political lying. They will tell the world what they want in order to get whatever they want from the public arena. But notice the statements were all about ensuring the rights of the Jordanian people, not any other people. A clear example of Jordan's positions on violence and terrorism can be seen in the way the Jordan police handle the peace on the Temple Mount. They arrest Jews for praying, even uttering a simple blessing before drinking water. They are Muslims who practice Sharia law and they are hypocrites as well, as they will accept the help of Israel but demonize Israel publicly to save face with other Arabs. The Muslim culture is corrupt and problematic, anti-freedon and pro-death. They cannot be trusted in what they say.