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Israeli embassy incident — lessons

Jul 24,2017 - Last updated at Jul 24,2017

The news of an Israeli security man killing two Jordanians in Amman has gone viral.

Social media were abuzz with anger and many Jordanians made it perfectly clear that Israel has no respect for Jordan’s sovereignty.

With the Jordanian judge who was killed a few years ago still fresh in mind, the latest incident came to vindicate those who have for long argued against peace and normalisation with Israel.

Judging from the Israeli government’s latest provocative policies, one cannot but conclude that Israel is charting a course for a crisis with Jordan.

From Jordan’s perspective, Israel has yet to live up to its commitments stated in the peace treaty. And yet, that is easier said than done. Over the course of the last years, Israel has done a lot to undermine Jordanians’ trust in peace.

Israel’s unwillingness to offer the minimum required concessions for peace remains a sticking point in its relationship with Jordan; Israel has yet to realise that peace with Jordan means that it does not initiate any act that can be perceived as violating Jordan’s sovereignty.

Twenty years ago, Israeli agents attempted to assassinate Khaled Mishaal in Amman. The failed attempt demonstrated to Jordanians that Israelis did not understand the meaning of having peace with Jordan.

Has Israel learnt from this outrageous infringement on Jordan’s sovereignty?

Hardly!

A few days ago, two Jordanians were killed by an Israeli security officer in Amman.

By design or default, successive Israeli governments have enfeebled the peace camp in Jordan. Nowadays, it is most unlikely to find a single Jordanian who would publicly defend peace with Israel.

A close look at the public debate in Jordan reveals that the overwhelming majority of Jordanians view Israel as an enemy. 

This being the case, fixing the Israeli-Jordanian relations — let alone bringing back the peace camp together again — remains a far-fetched objective.

To be sure, it will be an uphill battle to deconstruct the negative image of Israel among Jordanians. But worse is the dominant image among Jordanians that their government is powerless. It has no teeth to back up its rhetoric and therefore Jordanians do not like it.

In my opinion, Jordanians will not settle for less than bringing the Israeli security man to trial. Nevertheless, a majority in Jordan — and I hope that they are mistaken — believes that the government will not be able to take the Israeli security man to a Jordanian court for killing two Jordanians.

The killing of the two Jordanians came amid tense national atmosphere engendered by the guilty verdict against a Jordanian soldier who killed three Americans.

The government in Jordan is having a hard time convincing Jordanians of almost anything. The gap in trust between the government and the society cannot be wider.

Of course, it is not the first time the government fails to act timely and in a manner that makes it show in control of the situation.

I would say that the reluctance of the government to come up with a narrative of what happened has opened the door widely for rumours.

 

 

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The Israeli Embassy accident in Amman,besides the Provacative measures in Jerusalem are evidence of the failure of Israeli policies which only increase hatred among Jordanians towards Israel,even the Israeli press criticized such aggressive policies and tbe incident.These provocations will not lead to a just peace in the Region.

I CAN SEE AND AGREE WITH BOTH PARTIES ANGER BUT THIS SHOULD NOT TRIGER A CALL FOR REVENGE AND VIOLATING ANY INTERNATIONAL LAW THAT GOVERNS DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY. IT IS A TRAGEDY AND SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. I TRUST THE GOVERNMENT AND ALL JORDANIANS TO DO THE RIGHT THING DESPITE ANGER AND FRUSTRATIONS. WHILE I AM ALSO SHOCKED AT THIS UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT, I WISH TO REMIND PETER THAT THIS INCIDENT AS WE KNOW IT CAN NOT BE A REASON TO CALL FOR CLOSURE OF ANY EMBASSY. DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS IS MUCH MORE THAN ANY FORM OF INCIDENT LIKE THIS. IT IS SAD AND UNFORTUNATE. IRRESPECT OF WHO IS RIGHT AND/OR WRONG, THE FACT IS THAT TWO WRONGS CAN NEVER MAKE ANY RIGHT. I DO JOIN ALL JORDANIANS IN REGRATING THE LOSS OF LIFE AND MAY GOD BLESS AND RECEIVE THE SOULS OF THE DEAD AND COMFORT THEIR FAMILIES. PERHARPS, WE CAN ALL LEARN SOMETHING FROM THIS AND DEVELOPE A MECHANISM FOR DELIVERIES AND ALL OTHER FORM OF INTERACTIONS BETWEEN DIPLOMATS AND THE CITIZENS BE BETTER CONTROLLED AND REGULATED BY THE GOVERNMENT. MY SINCERE SYMPATHY GOES TO THE FAMILIES OF THE DISEASED.

How about that Jordan release the soldier imprisoned for killing israelis that made fun of hims as he prayed. shut the embassy and give it to the Palestinians. If Palestinians can't have peace why murderers will be allowed to live in peace in Jordan?

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