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No plan for confederation of Jordan, Israel and Palestine says US official

The long-awaited plan will likely be dead in the water when it is announced as the Palestinians have refused to negotiate

Jordan's King Abdullah II meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the Al-Husseiniya Palace in Amman. AFP
Jordan's King Abdullah II meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the Al-Husseiniya Palace in Amman. AFP

The long-awaited United States Middle East peace plan will not see Jordan and Israel join Palestine in a confederation, US representative for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt said on Wednesday.

There have been reports that the plan would see Jordan, Israel and Palestine become a confederation state or that Amman would become the destination for Palestinians relocated from their homes.

However, Mr Greenblatt dismissed the claims, saying, “please don’t spread rumours,” in a tweet on Wednesday.

“Rumours that our peace vision includes a confederation between Jordan, Israel & the PA, or that the vision contemplates making Jordan the homeland for Palestinians, are incorrect,” he said. “King Abdullah & Jordan are strong US allies.”

This is not the first time US officials have dismissed the reports since Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said last year that the ideas had been floated.

US President Donald Trump has tipped that his son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior advisor to the president, is drafting a peace plan but there remains no date for its publication.

However, the deal – when it eventually arrives – may well be dead in the water as Palestinian officials have refused to deal with the US administration over cuts to aid for Palestinians, the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the recognition of Israeli occupied Golan Heights – despite years of US and international policy to the contrary.

Updated: April 24, 2019 07:44 PM

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