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Jordan is a primary victim of Kushner’s peace plan

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Two weeks ago, the architect of the US peace plan for the Middle East — the “deal of the century” — landed in Jordan. Jared Kushner was in the Hashemite Kingdom as part of his tour of the region to push his plan before the economic workshop takes place in Bahrain on 25-26 June.

The administration of US President Donald Trump seems to be deliberately holding back the details of the plan’s political agenda, probably because it suspects that it will not be supported enthusiastically by the Arabs, let alone the Palestinians who are not looking for “prosperity”, but dream of a lasting peace.

“A day before Kushner’s visit to Amman, a special envoy for Bahrain’s King Hamad was in Jordan,” the former Chief of the Jordanian Royal Court, Jawad Anani, told me. “The envoy met with King Abdullah II and discussed the ‘Peace to Prosperity’ workshop with His Majesty.” Anani added that Kushner only represents a portion of the pressure on Jordan. “This is due to our position on the conflict.”

While Jordan is geographically small, it has tried to have regional influence by playing a positive role in the Middle East. It welcomes refugees from war zones in the region, hosts talks between Yemen’s warring parties, and keeps warm relations with both Riyadh and Doha regardless of the ongoing Gulf crisis. However, this US plan, which Jordan is being pressured to accept, would threaten its........

© Middle East Monitor