Friday, November 27, 2020

Scrambles

"Jordan scrambles to affirm its custodianship of al-Aqsa mosque" (Chulov/Safi):

"Tutelage of al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock has been a key source of legitimacy for Jordan’s ruling Hashemite dynasty for nearly a century, pre-dating the creation of Jordan and Israel and prevailing throughout seven tumultuous decades of stalemate, war and eventually peace. In the quarter century since both sides formalised ties, the pact has been central to the deal’s stability.

Jordanian leaders now fear Donald Trump, his vice-president, Mike Pence, and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, along with Netanyahu, may be tempted to change that dynamic by offering the sites to Saudi Arabia as the centrepiece of a normalisation deal."

This rings true, sounding like exactly the kind of thing President Jared and the Fat Fuck would come up with. Custodianship of all the sites might be enough to entice the Saudi princelings to risk their necks and make the deal.  There is obviously a race to steal everything possible for Sheldon in the next few weeks.
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