BY TOVAH LAZAROFF, KHALED ABU TOAMEH, JPost-—
The United States presented Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with a peace deal based on a confederation with Jordan, the Israeli left-wing organization Peace Now reported on Sunday.
The group publicized the possibility of a US-led confederation peace plan after it met with the PA leader in Ramallah.
Jordan immediately rejected the idea of a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation, and said the proposal was a non-starter.
Jumana Ghunaimat, spokeswoman for the Jordanian government, said Sunday that her country’s position toward the Palestinian cause remains unchanged and firm, and is based on the two-state solution, with the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders and east Jerusalem as its capital.
Ghunaimat noted that Jordan’s King Abdullah II has long affirmed there is no alternative to the two-state solution.
No video or audio clip was released from the meeting. All of the information regarding Abbas’s statements on the Trump plan was reported by Peace Now and the two parliamentarians who were present, MKs Mossi Raz (Meretz) and Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union).
In the meeting, Abbas referred to a conversation he had with US envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt. The envoys “asked me whether I believed in a confederation with Jordan. I said, ‘yes,’ [but] I want a triangular confederation with Jordan and Israel,” Abbas said. He added rhetorically, “I asked [the envoys] if the Israelis would accept such a proposal.” Continue Reading…