PLO leader calls for ‘return’ of W. Bank to Jordan
Farouk Kaddoumi, a veteran PLO official, dropped a political bombshell Wednesday with a call for ‘returning’ the West Bank to Jordan.
Kaddoumi, who is based in Tunisia, said he supported the idea of a federation or confederation between the West Bank and Jordan. His remarks, which came during an interview with the London-based Al- Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, are the first of their kind to be voiced by a senior PLO figure in decades.
Kaddoumi is one of the founders of Fatah, and for decades served as head of the PLO’s ‘political department.’ He is one of the few PLO leaders who refused to move from Tunisia to the Palestinian territories after the signing of the Oslo Accords, which he had strongly opposed.
Kaddoumi told the newspaper, during an interview in his office in the Tunisian capital, that giving the West Bank back to Jordan would be a ‘positive move.’ He added, nevertheless, that the Palestinians should not drop their demand for a right to return to Israel proper.
‘We launched our revolution for all of Palestine, and that’s why we need to be very cautious,’ Kaddoumi said.
‘We must safeguard our people’s right to return,’ he stressed. ‘We must insist on the right of return for all refugees, because this is the minimum that we could accept.’
It’s that last bit that gives the game away. This guy still committed to destroying Israel, but adding that many Palestinians to Jordan suggests to me he’d like to see King Abdullah overthrown as well. Because adding such large radicalized population to Jordan would be the death of such a fragile nation. Mr. Kaddoumi remains what he has always been: a dangerous, murderous radical.