Quite a number of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have strongly condemned Thursday’s terror attack in a church in Nice, southern France, and disassociated it from the values of Islam. Each country put out a statement through their Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
Dissatisfied with French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement on Muslims and Islam, some Arab countries have begun to boycott French goods. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an appeal to stop the boycott, and President Macron has also responded.
The Turkish president launched a sharp attack on his French counterpart, asking him to “check his mental health”, due to the latter’s proposal to protect his country’s secular values. For its part, Jordan condemned the re-publication of the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad “under the pretext of freedom of expression.”
Following an agreement with UAE, a peace treaty with another Arab country Bahrain is a new step in a cherished dream of Israel and America to win recognition of the Jewish State of Israel without having to complete negotiations for the two state solution which has been most difficult considering the objection of the Palestinians to any type of compromise.
The inflation rate in the Middle East is now estimated to be 8.8% in 2020. With Egypt, possibly the fastest growing Arab country, growing at only 2%, most oil producing countries in the region are seeing economic contractions. The combination of Covid-19 hitting the local population and the oil decline has severely affected this region.
Arab oil exporters are forecasting oil supply cuts of about 50% in 2020 and 2021, levels that have been approved by OPEC agreements. The combination of significant cuts in production, $42 a barrel for oil, and Covid affecting local marketplaces, will have a significantly negative impact on regional economies.
Germany, France, and Italy have stepped up pressure on violators of the Libyan arms embargo. The three had previously threatened to punish violators of the embargo in mid-July, on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels. A list of Turkish, UAE, and Jordanian companies has been compiled.
Pope Francis has today asked the international community to step in and help Lebanon overcome the serious crisis caused by Tuesday’s explosions. The same plea for help was made by the Lebanese government, and several countries have already responded to the calls for help.
The foreign ministers of Germany, France, Egypt, and Jordan issued a joint statement today saying that they will not recognize the annexation of the West Bank to Israel. The four countries also warned that a possible Israeli move to annex the West Bank could affect relations with Israel.
Mossad chief Yossi Cohen has reportedly delivered a message to Jordan’s King Abdullah II from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The move is just one among many being used by Israel to pacify Arab nations that have a cooperation pact with Israel. The agreement with Jordan dates back to 1994.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has clarified that Palestinians residing in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley won’t get Israeli citizenship after annexation. Speaking to the Makor Rishon newspaper on Thursday, the prime minister said that the whole area will be under the control of the Israeli military forces, and there will be no special privileges for Palestinians residing there.
The atmosphere of Eid Al-Fitr is different this year in almost all Arab countries. This changes the aspects and ceremonies of holidays in different countries, due to the closure restrictions and the bans imposed by the expanding coronavirus epidemic. Eid‘s Day this year is expected to be quieter.
Israel is celebrating Jerusalem Day on Friday, in memory of the day in which Israel took possession of East Jerusalem and the Western Wall during the Six Day War. The State of Israel also observed its 72nd year of independence last month. After three elections, Israel was finally successful in making a united coalition emergency government.
A number of representatives of the diaspora of Jordan, in cooperation with the Circassian organizations of Turkey, the US and Georgia, who have condemned Russia’s policy on the Circassian item, will not benefit the people as a whole, according to Khayredin Khakuz, a member of the Council of the Elders of the diaspora of Jordan, during his visit to Adygea.
Earlier in the media there was information that the head of the Jordanian organization “Society of Friends of the North Caucasus,” Adel Bashkavi announced about the need to file an international lawsuit against Russia at a recent meeting with the American Circassians, and also in 2013 and 2014 urged the Polish authorities to adopt anti-Russian resolutions. At the same time, his statements are presented as initiatives of the diaspora leadership.
On Nоvеmbеr 18, Jordanian Prіmе Minister Omаr Razzaz lаunсhеd thе ѕесоnd еxесutіvе расkаgе of thе gоvеrnmеnt’ѕ есоnоmіс рrоgrаm, аіmіng to “improve the ѕtаndаrd оf living оf сіtіzеnѕ and іmрrоvе ѕеrvісеѕ provided to thеm.” Jordanians hope that the new government measures will trigger growth in a number of vital sectors, notably real estate, transport, and others. There is a need to focus on sectors that will lead to inclusive economic growth.
Secretary of State Pompeo announced on Monday that the US is softening its position on West Bank Settlements in the occupied West Bank. Pompeo said the US repudiates a 1978 State Department legal opinion that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are inconsistent with international law. This move by America has already angered Jordan and will anger other nations in the Middle East and Europe. Already the declaration of President Trump giving recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and supporting Israel annexation of the Golan has had an effect on relations between Israel and its neighbors.
East Jerusalem and the West Bank was once part of Jordan. In November of 1988 Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of the State of Palestine. A year after signing the Oslo accords the Palestinian National Authority was established to govern areas A and B in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In 1979 through the Camp David Accords Jordan ceded its claim to the West Bank. During the negotiations of the Oslo Accord the PLO recognized the right of Israel to exist and Israel recognized the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people.
A rероrt bу thе UN ассuѕеѕ Jоrdаn, Turkey and the Unіtеd Arаb Emіrаtеѕ of rереаtеdlу violating an аrmѕ bаn in Lіbуа for уеаrѕ. The report, whісh саmе from a уеаr оf UN еxреrtѕ’ research, said thе thrее соuntrіеѕ hаd “provided wеароnѕ to Libya” regularly, аnd ѕоmеtіmеѕ ореnlу, without trуіng to hіdе resources. Bоth ѕіdеѕ іnvоlvеd іn Libya wеrе рrоvіdеd wіth thеѕе weapons and tесhnісаl ѕuрроrt, ассоrdіng tо the rероrt.
Israel and Jordan are celebrating the anniversary of their peace agreement by President Bill Clinton between Yitchok Rabin Prime Minister of Israel and King Hussein of Jordan. Some say that it should have delivered bigger dividends and the promise at its outset has not yet been fulfilled.
The Naharayim Park was established 25 years ago as a symbol of the landmark peace agreement between Israel and Jordan. Their relationship which began with great promise has been plagued with mistrust, disappointment and missed opportunities. It is still intact but both sides are feeling tensions in the relationships.