TODAY'S ZIONIST - HASHEMITE SANDWICH
MER - WASHINGTON - 11/7/98:
The day before traveling to the U.S. last month, there they were in
Amman - Bibi Netanyahu, Ariel Sharon, and Crown Prince Hassan - parading before the
cameras. And as he flew to the U.S. for the already ongoing talks at Wye River, Sharon
didn't go right to the talks. Instead he headed out to the Mayo Clinic to get King
Hussein's blessings and once again demonstrate to the world his cordial personal relations
by the Hashemite dynasty, whose only remaining power base (after being thrown out of both
the Hejaz and today's Iraq) is Amman.
There was a time, not that long ago, that Sharon championed a
Palestinian State -- one across the river replacing the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan that
is. Now Sharon has thrown in his lot with the Hashemites, promising them two things so
insiders say: First that there will be no real Palestinian State (no matter what
terminology is used and no matter what declarations are made). At most there will be a
group of "autonomous" Palestinian Bantustans surrounded by and nearly totally
controlled and dependent on Israel -- with Jordan the junior partner. It's a kind of
Zionist sandwich for the Palestinians.
Second that the Israelis, as well as the Americans who are of course
considerable manipulated by the Israelis on such matters, will protect the Hashemite
throne with arms, intelligence, and if need be intervention. No longer will Sharon, or his
party, champion the "Jordan is Palestine" mantra long associated with the
Likud's Jabotinskyesque ideological origins.
Can Sharon be trusted? Of course not. At the appropriate time, if he
could, he would no doubt herd as many Palestinians as possible across the river and not
give much of a damn what happened to them or whether they called the old Transjordan of
yesteryear Jordan or Palestine when the dust cleared.
Sharon probably would prefer the later, actually, for all kinds of
historical and ideological reasons. But nevertheless, the Hashemites are plenty glad at
the moment that they feel they have neutralized the former Likud approach to calling their
Kingdom "Palestine" and that they have engaged Sharon, regardless of his bloody
past, in a series of under-the-table deals and arrangements.
Where Sharon has been most consistent of all is in his championing
of the Israeli settlers who are now spread out, nearly a quarter million strong, in nearly
150 settlements as well as in substantial pockets throughout the crucial Jerusalem area.
No single person other than Sharon has had more to do with this
result. And no single person at this very moment has more to do with the ongoing expansion
and "thickening" of these settlements which are considered the guarantee that no
matter what flags are flying and what terminology is used in the newspapers Israel remains
in practical control of all the territory west of the Jordan River.
Sharon's close and growing connections with the Hashemite Regime in
Amman haven't come just recently with his elevation to Foreign Minister. The following
articles were in fact published by MER precisely about Sharon and Jordan in June and
October of last year:
MORE COLLUSION ACROSS THE JORDAN - JORDAN UNDERMINES PALESTINIANS S H A R O N A N D J O
R D A N
MER - WASHINGTON - 11 October, 1997:
Ariel Sharon has become a regular visitor to Jordan. He has become the primary conduit
to the Hashemites for what the press usually calls "talks" but which anyone who
knows the personal history of Ariel Sharon must consider "conspiracies."
There could be no better symbol of how politically duplicitous the Hashemite Regime
continues to be then the way it has courted and played up to Ariel Sharon:
* A man even many Israelis consider a war criminal.* A man who flies a large Israeli
flag and Menorah atop his requisitioned home in the Muslim quarter of the old city of
Jerusalem which must be constantly guarded by Israeli troops.* The man who commanded
Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982 (20,000+Lebanese civilians dead) and was personally
responsible for the Sabra and Shatilla massacres).* A man whose personal history of
brutalizing and dispossessing Palestinians goes back to the 1950s,* A man who today as in
the past is the main architect of Israel's settlement expansion programs in Jerusalem and
throughout the occupied territories.
THE ZIONIST/HASHEMITE SANDWICH SQUEEZES THE PALESTINIANS
MER - Washington - 6/1/97:
A few weeks ago, in what has become an ongoing series of usually secret talks, the top
leaders of Israel and Jordan met in Aqaba, Jordan. It has been learned that Minister of
National Infrastructures, Ariel Sharon, told the Israeli Cabinet, "They were nice,
long talks." Sharon went on to assure the Cabinet: "I emphasize that there were
no concessions by Israel."
Supposedly these talks are primarily about water-related and trade-related issues;
including the building of a Jordanian-Israeli rail link which the Jordanians are eagerly
pursuing even though the Arab League has called for a suspension of dealings with Israel.
In reality the Zionist and Hashemite leaderships continue to plot how to control and
repress the Palestinians in ever more crafty and ever more duplicitousways.
King Hussein and Crown Prince Hassan are personally involved in these discussions and
were present in Aqaba, as was Prime Minister Netanyahu and top level military commanders
from both countries. What is really going on is nothing less than a continuation of the
long-time conspiracy involving the Hashemites and the Zionists to sandwich the Palestinian
between them, depriving the Palestinians of real self-determination even while Arafat's
"Palestinian Authority" continues to be allowed to pretend it is on the way to
an independent Palestinian State.
JORDANIANS WORK CLOSELY WITH ARIEL SHARON
Symbolically worst of all, the Hashemites show no sensitivity at all to the fact that
among their main Israeli interlocutors is none other than Ariel Sharon, the most notorious
of the Israeli Generals accused of war crimes and quite literally a butcher of
Palestinians during his long military career.
In addition, Sharon is the man who has planted the Israeli flag right in the middle of
the Muslim quarter in Jerusalem's old city.
There he has forced on the Arabs his surreptitiously "purchased" apartment --
one which must be constantly constantly guarded by Uzi-armed Israeli combat troops -- and
from which he constantly displays a huge Israeli Menorah alongside the giant Star of David
For past MER articles dealing with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: