King Abdullah II of Jordan used some harsh words against Israel yesterday:
“Jordan and Palestine’s future (prospects) are stronger than Israel today and that it is the Israeli who is afraid now. When I was in the United States, an Israeli intellectual talked to me and said that what is going on in the Arab world is in the best interest of Israel; but I answered him and said: on the contrary; your situation today is harder than ever before.
“We support the Palestinian people right to a Palestinian state; our political stance did not and will not change and that the alternative homeland issue must not be part of the discussion.”
“We have an army and we have fought Israel more than once. We are calm.”
And now, even small and virtually powerless Jordan feels it is time to use war rhetoric.
UPDATE: MK Arieh Eldad (Yisrael Beitenu Ichud Leumi) said today: “In my meeting in Washington with members of Congress I found people willing to listen to the ‘Jordan is Palestine’ plan. Abdullah knows very well there is no other justification for Jordan’s existence, and he is terrified of the day when the masses in Amman will do to him what they did to Mubarak and Qadaffi. He’s better off declaring today that Jordan is the national Palestinian state or requesting diplomatic asylum in London as long as still has control.”