Abdelsalam al-Majali, 93, served as prime minister from 1993-1995, during which time he signed the agreement with his Israeli counterpart Yitzhak Rabin, and re-elected in 1997-1998.

“If we become stronger tomorrow and can take Haifa by force, are we really going to pass on just because we have an agreement with them,” Majali told Jordan Today TV in statements translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

At the beginning of the interview, Majali spoke about the “right of return” where the Palestinians claim that five million people are eligible for: tens of thousands of original refugees from what is now Israel and its millions of descendants. Israel rejects the demand and says that it represents an attempt by the Palestinians to destroy Israel by sheer numbers, and that no other refugee population has been treated that way.

“There are millions of Jordanian Palestinians who own property in Israel. They have the right to recover them or to obtain compensation for it.” Majali said.

It was then that he made the observation about the conquest of Haifa if Jordan became stronger.

” If tomorrow we will become stronger and we can take Haifa by force, are we really going to pass it up just because we have an agreement with them?”, he said.

 

Interestingly, Majali defended the peace treaty he signed 24 years ago, to which many Jordanians are now opposed, saying that “my mindset is a mindset of peace”.

Israeli PM Yitzchak Rabin and Jordan PM Abdelsalam al-Majali signing the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, July 1994 (GPO)