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Mudar Zahran: A Palestinian State in Jordan is ‘Inevitable’

Zahran, the Jordanian-Palestinian dissident, didn’t pull any punches Sunday afternoon, speaking at a conference entitled “Two States for Two People, on Two Sides of the Jordan River.”

By Ari Soffer


Jordanian-Palestinian activist Mudar Zahran is not a man who minces his words. In fact, his outspokenness against the Jordanian regime has made him a persona-non-grata in his own country, forcing him to seek asylum in the UK.

Mudar Zahran

Mudar Zahran

Zahran did not pull any punches Sunday afternoon, speaking at a conference entitled “Two States for Two People, on Two Sides of the Jordan River.” Deriding the Jordanian ruling elite as “Armani-wearing, English-speaking autocrats” he called on all parties to consider a radically different track to the current peace initiatives based off of a “Two State Solution” which would see a Palestinian Authority-run state in Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »

‘Gazans Elected Hamas, We Made a Big Mistake’

Palestinian leader says Gazans now hate Hamas more than Israel, & ironically notes that Israel treats Palestinians best than any Arab/Muslim country.

By Israel Today Staff


Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian-Jordanian journalist, activist and voice for many Palestinian Arabs living in the Hashemite Kingdom and elsewhere says the Gaza war has reinforced for most that electing and supporting Hamas was a bad idea.

Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian-Jordanian journalist, living in the UK

“Not a single Gazan that I spoke to was not against Hamas,” said Zahran, who came to the “West Bank” to cover the conflict in and around the Gaza Strip.

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Pro-Israel, Jordanian Palestinian sentenced to life in prison, for advocating Jordan is Palestine


The British gov’t has granted Mudar Zahran asylum and he reports that a source inside the palace told him that King Abdullah is pushing for control of Jerusalem.



Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian writer and academic from Jordan who has written op-eds for The Jerusalem Post, was sentenced last week to life in prison with hard labor.

Mudar Zahran

Mudar Zahran – Photo: Courtesy

He also says that he has learned that the Jordanian government may seek to have him extradited to Jordan to serve his sentence.

Zahran told the Post in an interview form the UK, where he has sought refuge, that a source inside the palace told him that King Abdullah, on his visit to the US, pushed for control of Jerusalem so that Jordan would become its key ally in the region, even bypassing Israel in importance. Continue Reading »

Peace talks with Abdullah in the middle

Kerry’s current peace plan was reportedly proposed by Jordan’s King Abdullah II to President Obama last year in order to keep Jordan from becoming recognized as Palestine.


Since January 8, 2014, the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper has published three reports on the alleged details of the Kerry peace plan.  Al-Quds Al-Arabi is one of the most prominent Arab newspapers and considered a major source of inside information on most Arab regimes. According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, US Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan revolves around Jordan’s king settling Palestinian refugees living in Arab countries in his kingdom and in exchange he would receive $55 billion for “Jordan’s role in hosting refugees for over five decades”. Continue Reading »

Muslim Academic Finds the Palestinians, Not Israel, Ruining the Temple Mount

Palestinian-Jordanian activists finds corrupt & indifferent Islamic authorities in charge of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, responsible for its deterioration. 

By Israel Today Staff



Writing for the Gatestone Institute, Palestinian academic Mudar Zahran discovers that it is local Islamic authorities, and not Israel, that are truly threatening the future of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

Palestinian protesters react during clashes on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. - Photo REUTERS

Palestinian protesters react during clashes on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s old city. – Photo: REUTERS

Long have local Muslims accused Israel of trying to “Judaize”, destroy and cleanse the Islamic presence from the Temple Mount, which today is occupied by two large mosques, one of which, the Al Aqsa Mosque, is now claimed as Islam’s third holiest site. Continue Reading »

Is Israel Really Destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque?

Abbas & Abdullah Playing the Jerusalem Card

Article IV of the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement agreement states the following:

“All necessary measures shall be taken to encourage and stimulate immigration of Jews into Palestine on a large scale, and as quickly as possible to settle Jewish immigrants upon the land through closer settlement and intensive” cultivation of the soil.

By Mudar Zahran


The “Judaization” of the British Mandate for Palestine was the very thing the Hashemites were committed to support, in exchange for establishing an Arab state under Hashemite rule. The terms of the agreement were clear: Jews were to settle in the British Mandate for Palestine with no exclusion of Jerusalem.

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Jordan’s King, Iran & Assad

Egypt is in turmoil as the non-Islamists & secularists refuse to accept the fact that the Islamic Brotherhood hijacked their revolution.



When the revolution was still raging in Egypt, I wrote an article calling on the world to support Egypt’s secularists. It was they and the leftists that ignited and sustained the revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak; the Islamists waited until Mubarak was about to fall, and then joined.

Jordan King Abdullah

Jordan King Abdullah – Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

When the Egyptian presidential elections took place, the Islamists had the money, the media and the global connections and therefore got one of their own in the presidential palace.

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Is Abbas the last PA president?

With the fading significance of the Palestinian cause those concerned with peace may need to consider contingency plans for a West Bank without Abbas.

Muhammad Dahlan was a possible replacement until allegations by Abbas that Dahlan had murdered Arafat using poison.



After Israel’s most recent military operation in Gaza, which ended with a cease-fire, Hamas has been claiming victory and enjoying popularity with the Palestinians, which comes as a setback for Hamas’s rivals; Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction.

Mahmoud Abbas Photo by Marc Israël SellemWith Hamas popularity on the rise, Abbas was left with one desperate option to boost his image: pressing his quest for UN recognition of Palestine as an independent state. Continue Reading »

Arab politics; Palestinians suffering draws int’l aid & political clout

Pressure for peace exerted by the int’l community seems to fall only on Israel. Achieving peace will require putting more pressure on many Arab gov’ts to make them willing to share the burden for regional stability in the form of support for their fellow Arabs.



Several Arab countries have expressed passionate support for direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Still, this verbal support is compromised by apparently questionable practices on the ground executed by many Arab countries with a Palestinian population. Those countries have been emphasizing their refusal to integrate them.

Arab League conferenceThis stance has posed a major obstacle to peace talks for years, as many of the Arab countries with Palestinian populations still officially insist that they must exercise “the right of return to Palestine.”

This notion has been promoted by many Arab countries, including those theoretically most sincere about peace as well as those that have granted their Palestinians full citizenship. Continue Reading »

Indeed, Israel Is The Good Enemy

In Arab countries where Palestinians make up a good percentage of the population; they are deprived of all basic necessities, starting with education, down to basic healthcare.

Israel has welcomed Palestinians as visitors, patients & even as investors. This generosity was only limited when Hamas started bombing Israeli civilians with no signs of an end in sight.

By Mudar Zahran


Israel’s relationship to the Palestinians has always been globally approached with standardized heavy criticism made to Israel.  The main charges waved in Israel’s face have always been “the Disproportionate use of force” and “discrimination”.

Flag of the State of IsraelIsrael’s critics, either willingly or out of ignorance, choose to overlook the way many Arab countries mistreat Palestinians. Continue Reading »

Israelis & Arabs at ‘Oslo Has Failed’ Conference

Rabbi Benny Elon:  Israel needs to apply sovereignty in Judea & Samaria. It’s time to promote a plan stating that Jordan is Palestine.

By Hezki Ezra & Elad Benari


Arabs and Israelis, right and left, Muslims, Christians and Jews came together Thursday for a conference in Washington on the Oslo Accords. The diverse crowd had one thing in common – all agreed that the Oslo Accords have failed to bring peace, and that an alternative must be found.

Arutz Sheva attended Thursday’s conference, “Oslo 20 Years Later,” which brought together a panel of journalists, policy experts and government officials who are shaping the future of peace in the Middle East, for a candid conversation about the prospects for peace in the Middle East in light of the failed peace process. Continue Reading »

Israel should not fear an Islamist Middle East

The rise of Islamist regimes proves that an honest enemy is better than a false friend.

As a result of the increasing power of the Muslim Brotherhood and the even more extreme Salafi parties, the outcome of the ongoing Egyptian elections is looking grim and many westerners are deeply concerned.  Although Khairat el-Shater of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hazem Salah Abu Ismail of the Salafi Al Nour party have now been disqualified, the Muslim Brotherhood nevertheless has 105 seats in the Shura Council and together with the Salafi Islamic Bloc’s 45 seats, they occupy a majority of the 270 seats. In the People’s Assembly, which will draft the new constitution, they have 235 seats and together with the Salafi Bloc’s 123, they completely dominate the 508 seat Assembly. Continue Reading »