Friday, December 24, 2004

The Jordan-Israel Agreement

Jordan and Israel signed a long-awaited agreement on Thursday to reduce customs duties on trade exchange between businesses seeking to export to the European Union (EU).
The Professional Associations Council condemned the signing of this agreement and called on the government to stop cooperating with Israel and to “stand firm in supporting Palestinian and Iraqi people,” stressing that the only solution for the crisis in Iraq and Palestine is armed combat.
Source: Jordan Times

I personally think this shouldn’t have taken place. Yes, Israel is an enemy. A country that gives itself the right to kill innocent civilians, scatter families and demolish homes, giving no respect or attention to any international opinion opposing it, is to me, an enemy. And such an agreement will only add complications to the situation.
It might have some tiny little positive outcomes to the Jordanian economy, but I don’t believe it will be a huge reinforcement to the economic development in Jordan nor in the Arab World.
Even if we assume that it will reinforce the economic development, is this development worth this high cost of supporting Israel and sacrificing more Palestinians?!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the Israeli economy is used to anything but get more weapons to destroy more Palestinian territories and to sponsor more media to market Israel as a “victim”.
Why is it possible to go for agreements with Israel while it’s impossible to reach Palestinian hospitals, homes, and villages to send the minimum limit of basic medical and nutrition support?
Can’t we reinforce our economy by agreements with any other country but Israel?

Maybe the Professional Associations Council were a bit harsh when they said the only solution for the crisis is armed combat. But they surely have the right to condemn signing this agreement!