Sat,Mar 8,2014 6 AdarII 5774
Have you ever heard of the Jabotinsky song "Two Banks Has the Jordan (River)"?
It crossed my mind when I read a news item, this one:
Jordan's Prince Hassan bin Talal...in the speech, recorded and posted on the Jordandays.tv website,... stressed that the West Bank is part of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which includes "both banks of the [Jordan] River." He added that he "did not personally oppose the two-state solution," but that this solution is irrelevant at the current stage.
For me, it confirmed a geo-political truth I have advocated which can be summarized so:
to solve the Israel-Arab conflict, territorial compromise cannot be considered unless Jordan is brought into the equation - (the Medad Fraction Principle).
The Prince has now, officially, opened up for Israel to assert its legitimate right to the "East Bank".
The "West Bank" was illegally occupied by Jordan in 1948 after it illegally invaded the territory set aside by the United Nations to become the "Arab state" as part of the dissolution of the Palestine Mandate. The area was then annexed, illegally, to the Kingdom in April 1950. Jordan itself was part of the original Palestine Mandate territory but Jewish settlement there was banned in 1922 after the British decided in March 1921 to award the territory to Emir Abdallah:
ART. 25. In the territories lying between the Jordan and the eastern boundary of Palestine as ultimately determined, the Mandatory shall be entitled, with the consent of the Council of the League of Nations, to postpone or withhold application of such provisions of this mandate as he may consider inapplicable to the existing local conditions, and to make such provision for the administration of the territories as he may consider suitable to those conditions, provided that no action shall be taken which is inconsistent with the provisions of Articles 15, 16 and 18.
Is Jordan desirous of wanting to open up the status of the land that was to become the Jewish National home but subsequently withheld from the Zionist enterprise? A land the current ruling family came to from Saudi Arabia only in November 1920, whereas it was part of the Jewish National home, from Biblical times to the current era, as this 1724 map illustrates:
If the Prince really wants to agenda-raise this matter, I have no problem with that approach.