JORDAN - ‘We’ll Take Back Haifa’

Arno Froese

In an interview with Jordan Today TV translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, former Jordanian prime minister Abdelsalam Al-Majali claimed to be a believer in peace while simultaneously stating that if the Arabs attain military power, ‘We’ll take it’—referring to the city of Haifa.

“The Arabs do not have any power. If we ever have military power, will we let them keep Haifa? We’ll take it. If tomorrow, we become stronger and can take Haifa by force, will we really decline just because we have an agreement with them [Israel]?,” concluded Majali at the end of the interview.

Despite Majali’s closing remark, the former prime minister calls his mentality one “of peace.”

“My mentality is a mentality of peace. I believe that peace is the best thing for our nation in its current...or rather, at the time of the peace process, as well as today. It is the best solution for us, as Arabs, and I still believe in it. As long as you do not have force of another kind, peace is your only option.”

When prompted to give a response regarding the “Palestinian cause,” Majali responded: “Well, what can you do? You lost the land to a military force. You do not have any power. All you do is talk. The Arabs do not have any power.”

During the conversation about the Palestinian problem, the host raised the subject of remunerations for Palestinian property lost as a result of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Majali responded: “I’m not getting into this. It’s return or compensation: They will either give them back their land or compensate them.”, 30 August 2018

Arno's commentary

The repetitious, contradictory statements by the former Jordanian prime minister reveal the position of the Arabs collectively. Even before Israel was declared a state, the Arabs unitedly fought against its establishment. From that point on, they have fought half a dozen wars, each time experiencing total defeat. But the dream of reversing history is still alive. The sentiment is, we want peace, but if we can attain it by war, even better.

Interestingly, Mr. Majali does not mention Jerusalem. Does he know what’s written in Psalm 125? “They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever” (Psalm 125:1-2).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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