Sept. 6, 2016
As a Jordanian politician, I feel obligated to speak out against the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and its effect on the Middle East and the world.
I represent the point of view and interests of the Jordanian people. By doing so, I have freedom that many others may not. My views on BDS are unbiased and balanced because I am not an Israeli and nobody could accuse me of being anti-Arab.
Let me be clear: BDS is a reckless act of hatred that threatens the security and stability of not only Israel, but also my country, Jordan, and the entire Middle East.
BDS seeks to attack and isolate Israel. But what is Israel’s importance to Jordan, and to the world? Why should anyone care if Israel is hurt?
This is what the president of the Jordanian opposition, Mudar Zahran, wrote last year in Israel Hayom: “If the day were to come when Israel falls, Jordan, Egypt and many others would fall, too, and Westerners would be begging Iran for oil.
“We can hate Israel as much as we like, but we must realize that without it, we too would be gone.”
Abed Almaala is a member of the Jordanian Opposition Coalition.