Some Arab states have reportedly agreed to Israel’s annexation scheme of some parts of occupied Palestinian West Bank according to Israel media.
Last week, Jordan’s king Abdullah II warned Israel of a “massive conflict” if it proceeds with plans to annex Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley, as European Union foreign ministers agreed to step up diplomatic efforts to try to head off such a move.
“Leaders who advocate a one-state solution do not understand what that would mean,” he said in an interview published by Der Spiegel.
“What would happen if the Palestinian National Authority collapsed? There would be more chaos and extremism in the region. If Israel really annexed the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” he said.
However, Jewish newspaper Israel Hayom reported Tuesday that Arab leaders are only lashing at the bid in public, yet covertly in no rush to prevent Israel from pursuing the territorial bid.
“Senior officials in the moderate Arab countries made it clear that, despite the pan-Arab stance against the annexation plan, behind the scenes the move is not being challenged as forcibly as the Palestinians might hope,” the paper reported.
According to the daily, at least three Arab states, including Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, have given the go ahead for Israel’s annexation of the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley while they continue to publicly oppose the plan.
The report said several Arab leaders have met with senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and US Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz, who are overseeing the implementation of the US Middle East peace plan.