King Hussein ‘Safety Seal’

SINCE he took the reins of government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, King Abdullah Hussein has always strived to seek a better future for his country. His recent historic visit to the West Bank is among his latest steps toward that course, as he has realized the importance of bringing to an end the anguish shared between Palestine and Jordan since 1948. He is the first leader from the Arab world to practically cement United Nations’ recognition of the State of Palestine, an initiative which is highly appreciated by Palestinians.

King Hussein’s initiative on Palestine is not isolated from his previous initiatives which are molded to enhance stability in Jordan and to prevent the country from being caught in the wave of chaos stirring in many Arab countries — initiatives the world has witnessed in recognition of the King’s vision of the future, through which he manages the Kingdom of Jordan to evade most of the political and economic crisis, despite its limited natural resources and mounting pressure on the living conditions of Jordanians in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Some known factions have attempted to take advantage of the situation to drag Jordan into dungeons of chaos, in the same way as happened in some Arab countries.

King Abdullah has managed to extinguish evil flames that assumed their voices could transform the situation into flames to consume everything in their path, in the initial plan to control the sensitive geographical, political and demographic sectors of the Kingdom. For the past 14 years, King Abdullah has proven he is able to navigate Jordan out of any crisis to safe landing, by virtue of his relationship with the different elements of Jordanian society, and his relationship with the Gulf and Arab worlds in particular, and the international community in general. This is what the majority of people in Jordan acknowledge.

The majority of Jordanians acknowledge that someone who is able to navigate his country through lands full of mines in most cases—whether with Iraq during the reigns of Saddam Hussein, and sensitivity of the situation that was geographically levied on Jordan, and the way the new leader managed to counterbalance the exigent and distinguished relationships with the GCC states or currently, the way he has managed to practically shield his country from the ongoing war in Syria, and given shelter to the displaced Syrians despite his decisive stance against the Syrian regime can successfully counter the misadventures of the Muslim Brotherhood which tried to take advantage of the economic crisis to achieve their parochial objectives, even though they have failed in the same way they failed in most Arab countries, where they proved to be merely a vocal feature covered by slogans of their blind desires to monopolize power and settle scores with their opponents who fail to go along with their plans.

In the same way as the people of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and many others in the Arab world realized, the people of Jordan have also realized that fake slogans will not bring food to the tables of hungry people nor will the speeches relieve their pain. Over and above that, the people of Jordan have realized that what was lost by the Arab countries through chaos in months will not be regained in 40 or 50 years to come. Thus, they are firmly convinced they have no alternative to their king and his rule. Jordanians understand they have no substitute for their country and its institutions to help them cross these tough times.

By: Ahmed Al-Jarallah

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