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Former Jordanian minister proposes alternative to Trump peace plan: ‘The Jews return to countries of origin’

Former Jordanian Culture Minister Salah Jarrar proposes an alternative to Trump’s Middle East peace plan: The Jews will return to their countries of origin.

Salah Jarrar (Image: knooznet.com: MEMRI)
Salah Jarrar (Image: knooznet.com: MEMRI)

In an article titled “An Alternative Deal” in the Jordanian government daily Al-Rai, Salah Jarrar, Jordan’s former minister of culture and former vice president of the University of Jordan, came out against the Middle East peace plan that the Trump administration is promoting, known in the Arab world as “the Deal of the Century.”

He wrote that this deal reflects nothing but the weakness of the Arabs and the arrogance of Israel and the United States, who wish to impose upon the Arabs a humiliating solution that meets none of their demands and restores none of their rights.

Calling on the Arabs not to wait until the details of this deal emerge and not to regard it as decreed by fate, he urged them to propose a different deal.

Part of that, he said, should require that all the Jews who came to Israel after 1917 Balfour Declaration and their descendants return to their countries of origin “without taking anything with them.” The Palestinian refugees, he continued, will return to their homes, and the United States and Britain will compensate the Palestinians and the Arabs for the “damage” caused by the occupation and for hosting the Palestinian refugees.

He added that even if this plan does not seem feasible today, the Arabs must persist in making these demands, for these are their rights, and they will eventually attain them.

Full article can be read at MEMRI here.

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