Remember that time when Israel signed a peace deal with Jordan? And remember how that peace deal involved promises of cultural normalization? Yeah not so much:
The refusal of a Jordanian newspaper to publish an advertisement supporting the Arab peace initiative because it displayed the Israeli flag shows there is “long way to go before we reach peace,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Wednesday. AFP reported that the Jordanian newspaper Al-Arab Al-Yawm refused to publish the advertisement taken out by the Palestinian Authority, and which appeared in the Israeli press last week. An editor at the paper was quoted as saying that the advertisement was rejected both because of the flange and because it promoted the idea that Israel accepted the peace initiative, “although Israeli officials have rejected the initiative.”
Just to be clear: they rejected an ad about peace with Israel because it included the national symbol of Israel. Is there a possibility that Middle East peace deals are being embraced with less than full enthusiasm by Israel’s Arab neighbors?
Not for nothing – but Jordan just sealed a nuclear deal with China. Which I wouldn’t be so worried about except one of the end games for inevitably failed peace negotiations involves dumping the West Bank on Jordan. Which would unfortunately set in motion an eventual coup by radical Palestinian groups. Which would put them in charge of said nuclear reactor. Which would be, all things considered, suboptimal.
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