Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas drew ‎harsh condemnation on Monday after suggesting that the ‎Palestinians were amenable to the possibility of ‎establishing a confederation with Jordan in the West ‎Bank, providing that Israel were party to such an ‎agreement. ‎

Abbas claimed on Sunday that the idea was ‎broached during a meeting with senior U.S. envoys as ‎part of Washington’s efforts to promote the Israeli-‎Palestinian peace process. The Trump ‎administration dismissed the report. ‎

Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian officials also ‎dismissed the idea as being “inapplicable” at this ‎time or any time in the future.‎

A senior Palestine Liberation Organization official ‎called the scheme “delusional.”

‎“It is hard to believe this was anything but empty ‎rhetoric meant to throw a wrench into efforts to ‎broker [an inter-Palestinian Fatah-Hamas] reconciliation,” the official said. “Abu Mazen ‎‎[Abbas] is perfectly familiar with the Palestinian ‎leadership’s position on this matter, as well as ‎with Jordan’s position.”

A senior Israeli minister said that the ‎confederation idea was “not born in a vacuum” and ‎was “on the table.”

He noted that the concept was not without ‎its merits, but stressed that as it is clear that ‎Abbas will never take it seriously, any discussion ‎should be tabled until the post-Abbas era.‎

If and when conditions support promoting the idea of ‎a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation, such a plan ‎would be presented only after the moderate Arab ‎nations weigh in on it, leaving the Palestinians ‎little choice but to accept it, said the Israeli minister. ‎

The Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment on ‎the issue. ‎

Jordan, for its part, rejected the idea outright.‎

Jordanian government ‎spokeswoman Jumana Ghuneimat ‎said Sunday that the ‎matter “is not open for ‎discussion,” stressing that ‎the kingdom was in favor ‎of a two-state solution ‎that would be negotiated ‎between Israel and the ‎Palestinians.‎

A senior Jordanian official noted that “many in Israel ‎claim Jordan is, in fact, Palestine—an idea we ‎utterly reject. We were surprised to hear Abbas ‎say he would support the concept of a ‎confederation.”

Israeli Arab lawmaker Jamal Zahalka also excoriated Abbas.‎ “The fact that the head of the Palestinian ‎Authority even speaks of this type of plan is an ‎insult,” ‎the Joint Arab List MK wrote on Facebook.

He further criticized Abbas for admitting he holds ‎occasional meetings with Shin Bet security agency ‎director Nadav Argaman and lauding the close ‎coordination between the Israeli and Palestinian ‎security forces. ‎

‎“Abbas boasting about how he and the Shin Bet ‎chief agree on 99% of security issues is a knockout ‎‎[to Abbas],” he said. ‎