2021-May-15 10:53
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Senate Speaker Reveals Role of Trump’s Son-in-Law in Recent Developments in Jordan

TEHRAN (FNA)- Jordanian Senate Speaker Faisal al-Fayez revealed that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, has been involved in the recent developments in Jordan, adding that King Abdullah II is paying the price of his opposition to the US-initiated Deal of the Century.

“Based on reports by many European institutions, there is evidence on the involvement of certain regional countries, the US government and former US presidential adviser Jared Kushner in the recent incidents in Jordan,” al-Fayez told Russia Today.

He added that when Trump, through Kouchner, presented the deal of the century to the Jordanians, based on which 15% of the historical borders of Palestine was given to the Palestinians, they wanted to settle the Palestinian problem to the detriment of Jordan but the King was clear and emphasized that no other homeland than Palestine would exist for the Palestinians and they should not be resettled in another place.

“Quds is the red line, and the custody of the Jordanian Hashemite family over the sanctities of Palestine is also the red line,” he quoted King Abdullah II as saying to Kushner.

Relations between the US and Jordanian governments are not good, al-Fayez said, adding, “These relations darkened during the Trump era, and the King of Jordan rejected all of Trump's policies towards the Middle-East and opposed the annexation of Jerusalem and the West Bank to Israel.”

Earlier this month, Jordan’s King Abdullah addressed the rare public rift within the royal family for the first time, saying the “sedition” that caused him “pain and anger” has been buried.

In a statement broadcast to the nation, the king addressed Jordan’s worst political crisis in decades, sparked by an alleged plot involving his half-brother Prince Hamzah.

The crisis in the royal family erupted during the weekend, when Jordan’s military chief of staff visited Prince Hamzah and warned him to stop attending meetings with critics of the government. Things quickly escalated, with Hamzah accusing the security establishment of threatening him and ordering the general to leave his home.

The former crown prince stated he was then held under house arrest, and authorities detained 18 other people, including former senior officials.

The government accused Hamzah of being part of a “malicious plot” to destabilise the country with foreign support, but the following day, it said the royal family had resolved the dispute.

"I assure you, that the sedition has been nipped in the bud,” King Abdullah noted in the address read out on state television.

“Nothing comes close to what I felt – shock, pain and anger – as a brother and guardian of the Hashemite family and a leader of this dear people,” he added.

The monarch went on to say that Jordan is accustomed to facing and triumphing over challenges.

“Over the course of our history we have defeated all the targets that tried to undermine the homeland, and we came out of them stronger and more united,” he continued, adding, “The challenge of these last days was not the most dangerous for the stability of the country – but it was the most painful for me."

“Hamzah today is with his family in his palace under my protection,” the king added, saying, “He has committed before the [Hashemite] family to follow the path of his parents and grandparents, to be faithful to their message, and to place the interest of Jordan, its constitution and its laws above all other considerations.”

Abdullah stated an investigation will be carried out in accordance with the law, and that the next steps will be governed by “the interests of the homeland and of our loyal people”.

The palace had already insisted the dispute was being resolved inside the family, but major challenges loom for the Western-allied monarchy long seen as a linchpin of regional stability.

Arab countries and the United States were quick to express support for King Abdullah.

Earlier this month, US President Joe Biden spoke with King Abdullah and discussed the strong bilateral ties between the two countries.

The president said he was not concerned about the situation in Jordan.

“I actually called him [King Abdullah] to tell him he has a friend in America. Stay strong,” Biden added.

International backing however, has done little to mask the domestic issues that Amman faces.

The whereabouts of Prince Hamzah are unknown and there is no sign that authorities have released the other 18 detainees, including members of one of the powerful tribes that has historically supported the monarchy.

Authorities have meanwhile imposed a sweeping gag order on reporting of the alleged plot, in a sign of the sensitivity of how the dispute is perceived.