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Germany and Jordan emphasise support for a two-state solution

By F.T Hupsel - June 13, 2019
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Two State Solution]

After a meeting in Amman on 9 June, German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, and his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi, reaffirmed both countries support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"We are still in agreement that reaching a two-state solution through negotiations is the only solution," Maas said during a press conference.

Mass and Safadi met a day after the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, stated in a controversial interview to the New York Times, that Israel had the "right" to annex at least parts of the occupied West Bank.

Both ministers also highlighted the importance of the United Nations Palestine Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, weeks after the US called for it to be dismantled after cutting its approximately $300 million in annual donations.

The US has accused UNRWA of expanding the definition of 'refugee’ so that it includes all descendants of past Palestinian refugees despite whether they have been granted citizenship in another country.

Washington stated that economic investments are better suited than donations to improve the lives of Palestinians.

The development plans come as the White House is set to hold Bahrain’s economic summit on 25 and 26 June, where together with Arab states they will make attempts to develop the Palestinian economy.

As reported by the Middle East Eye, Palestinian officials believe Trump’s administration aimed to use the cuts as leverage to get Palestinians on board ahead of the unveiling of its so-called "deal of the century".

On 5 June in a New York Times interview, The Palestinian Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, declared the Palestinian Authority (PA) is closer than ever to bankruptcy.

If the Israelis want the PA to collapse, "let them push it to collapse", Shtayyeh told the New York Times.

In February, Israel passed a law that allows it to withhold some tax revenues to the Palestinian government by saying that the money “encourages terrorism”.

Shtayyeh rejected the accusation, as the amount is equivalent to what the PA pays in compensation to the families of Palestinians jailed or killed due to the occupation.

According to Israel Hayom, Jordan is concerned that a collapse of the PA will lead to violence, including towards Jordanians. Such a scenario could threaten the Hashemite kingdom's stability, the site noted.

Prior to the Six Day War in 1967, Jordan controlled all of the West Bank after occupying the area in Israel's 1948 War of Independence

Today, Jordan is home to nearly 2.2 million Palestinian refugees, who make up almost half of the kingdom's population.

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