Hamas has decided to call off a planned visit to Jordan, Palestinian sources told the London-based Al-Hayat daily. MeshaÃ¢??al hamasThe reason for the move, which was cited on the Monday edition of the newspaper, was that Jordan opposed that the political-bureau chief Khalid MeshaÃ¢??al heading the delegation, because he holds Jordanian citizenship. Instead, Jordan preferred the delegation will be led by MeshaÃ¢??alÃ¢??s deputy, Mousa Abu Marzouq, who carries Palestinian documentation.
The paper reported that Hamas member, Muhammed Nazal had visted Jordan to discuss the planned visit and heard from Jordanian officials that Amman wants Abu Marzouq to head the delegation. Hamas sources said the change in the Jordanian stance towards the visit came following JordanÃ¢??s King Abdullah II returned from a visit to Washington. [source]
I can’t vouch for the sources here, bethey Jordanian or Palestinian, but I suppose the consipracy theory to be drawn here is that Bush told the King not to meet with Hamas. This is obviously absurd considering the circumstances.
Suffice to say if the reason is true, that Mesha’al whose been banned for some time now, has been rejected because he carried a Jordanian citizenship, then this is also quite absurd. Since when does the passport define the origins of the person, nonetheless a man who is a known Palestinian, a leader of Hamas for heaven’s sake. How Palestinian do they want him to be? Your supposed to talk to the most qualified person, typically the appointed or elected leader. Not talk to the guy who carries Palestinian documents.
I’m not suggesting anything here, but maybe Mesha’al should turn in his passport to the Jordanian authorities.
Truth be told…this whole story sounds fishy to me. Still waters run much deeper than this.