Abbas: US offered me a Palestinian confederation – Jordan rejects proposal

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that President Trump’s peace team offered him a political plan based on forming a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation.

According to Abbas, he told the administration that he would only agree to such a plan if Israel is part of the suggested confederation.

“I was asked if I believe in a federation with Jordan,” Abbas said about a talk he held with Trump’s aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt. “I answered: Yes, I want a confederation with Jordan and Israel. I have asked the Israelis if they would agree to such an offer.”

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The Jordanian government wants the so-called Palestinians [ex-Jordanians] to remain Israel’s problem and rejected on Sunday a proposal made by the current US administration to establish a Palestinian confederation with Jordan.

Jordan’s government spokesperson said the country’s position on the Palestinian issue is not negotiable and includes the two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt: “We will not discuss any specific ideas or private conversations that may or may not have been had with leaders in the region.”