Yesterday, it seems people were scrambling to find where the 120 Flotilla activists were arriving. Suffice to say they had a heroes welcome in Amman after Israel’s attacks on their ships and the subsequent deportation of the activists, all of whom are from from Arab and Muslim countries. They’re currently being treated in Amman.
Other than the standard humanitarian assistance, Jordan seems to be taking a stand against Israel’s attack on Flotilla. No, they’re not burning the peace treaty, nor are they kicking out the Israeli representatives and closing the embassy. For some reason, many activists seem to be calling for it here in Jordan, as if half expecting it to happen. Neither the second intifada, Jenin massacre, Israel’s war on Lebanon or the Gaza massacre were able to do that – so why should it happen over this of all things?
In any case, Jordan’s “stand” – more accurately described as an act of sitting down really – is a three point plan. You can really tell they put a lot of thought in to it when they introduce a three point plan.
1- Assigning the Arab Group at the UN the task of encouraging a continuation session of the UN’s 10th emergency session – after the Arab League General Secretariat conducts a legal, procedural and political assessment in a period not exceeding a week.
2- During the session, Arab member countries should seek several resolutions, or a comprehensive one that condemns Israel for attacking the Gaza-bound aid flotilla outside its territorial waters,
3- The plan also suggests that Arabs push for the formation of an international panel to investigate the attack on the flotilla and pressure the international community to force Israel to end its inhumane blockade on Gaza.
Oh, and there’s also the request to look in to whether the Arab League can sue Israel.
In other words, Jordan’s three point plan can be summed up in one word: bureaucracy.
Calling for an extended UN session? A resolution condemning Israel? Calls for an investigation? This is what the government came up with almost four days later? Those suggestions were pretty much made by Ban Ki Moon a few hours after the attack happened. And as empty a shirt as he is, I’m betting it didn’t require he waste government resources to come up with a three point plan written on the back of a napkin.
As a citizen of this country, I’ll make one suggestion to the Jordanian government: stay out of foreign politics.
Seriously. If there are no plans to get tough with Israel after all these years and the losses we have suffered at their hand and continue to – then it is simply better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.