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Feb 03,2018 - Last updated at Feb 03,2018

His Majesty King Abdullah has been giving the Palestinian conflict, especially the Jerusalem file, the lion's share of his diplomatic endeavours for some time now and for good reasons. US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December last year has exacerbated the Palestinian "peace process" and heightened, in response, the involvement of King Abdullah in Jerusalem for fear that the attempts of the US, under the leadership of Trump, to a create fait accompli on Jerusalem and the West Bank may gain currency worldwide in the absence of sustained Jordanian efforts to combat the plan.

The Hashemite custodianship of the Islamic and Christian holy shrines in East Jerusalem figures highly in the King's list of priorities. The Palestinian case in general, and Jerusalem in particular, have therefore topped Jordan's agenda and became its main concerns and the principle subject of its foreign policy.

This special treatment of the Palestinian issue can also be understood and appreciated by the fact that the Palestinian territories are Jordan's next door area and are naturally of strategic importance to Jordan's own security and stability. The security and stability of the West Bank, especially East Jerusalem, is Jordan's security as well. Making Jerusalem and the Palestine file the principle concern of Jordan has not, however, been pursued at the expense of the peculiar Jordanian national policy issues at either the external or the internal levels. 

The national economy, including combating poverty and budgetary deficit, as well as security across the country's borders, continue to command the principle policy issues for Jordan. No wonder, the King has constantly reminded the government of the need to prioritise the basic needs of the poor and the empowerment of the middle class.

Jordan's own domestic stability rests squarely on combating poverty and generating employment, no matter what other sacrifices that must be made for such purposes. The pursuit of these pressing objectives need to be done in a consumer-friendly fashion and persuasive to the affected vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of citizens. 

 

The rank and file Jordanians can not be expected to understand sophisticated macroeconomic terms, they require down-to-earth submissions that they can comprehend and relate to in simple terminology. The public can be expected to sympathise with austerity measures and draconian fiscal policies, including harsh taxation policy, if presented in a language that is direct and simple. That's after all what successful governments are expected to do in order to win public support. Meanwhile Jordanians expect that Jordan's own interests and challenges be given top priority. 

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NO MATTER WHAT THE ECONOMIC SITUATIONS IS/ARE, IT IS ONLY JORDANIANS THAT HAS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING THE ECONOMIC PROSPERAITY OF ALL JORDANIANS. UNFORTUNATELY, JORDAN DOES NOT HAVE ECONOMIC INDEPEDENCE BECAUSE THE ECONOMY IS BASED ON REMITANCES, DONOR COUNTRIES AND ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL OF THE TAXATION SYSTEM. JORDAN HAS A VERY HIGHLY EDUCATED PUPOLATION POOL THAT ARE NEITHER CONTRIBUTING NOR ALLOWED TO CONTRIBUTE. TO THIS EFFECT, I HAVE TO REMIND PROFESSOR Dr. k THAT BE IT MACROECONOMIC OR MICROECONOMIC MODELS NONE CAN WORK UNTIL THERE IS A CHANGE FROM THE BUSINESS AS USUAL OF WASTA OR CAST SYSTEM, FREEDOM OF THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO PARTICIPATE FREELY IN POLITICAL EQUATION OF JORDAN FUTURE.
FORTUNATELY ENOUGH, HIS MAJESTY HAS BROUGHT THE CROWN PRINCE INTO THIS EQUATION WHICH IS THE FIRST AND A NOBLE START. THE CROWN PRINCE KNOWS HIS PEERS ( THE DOT-COM GENERATION ). HE SHOULD THEREFORE BE ALLOWED TO BRING HIS GENERATION INTO THE POLICY MAKING APPARATUS AND ONE SUCH A WAY OF DOING SO IS TO SELECT THE BRIGHTEST AMONG THE BEST TOGETHER INTO A NEW EXPERIMENT OF BUILDING A COMPLEX IN THE DESERT, GIVE THEM SOME LITTLE CAPITAL TO PUT THEIR BRAINS TO WORK IN THE FORM OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SO THAT THEY CAN PRODUCE, EXPORT, PUT JORDAN FIRST AND MAKE JORDAN GREAT AGAIN. EVERY TIME I REVIEW THE PAST AND PRESENT ACTORS IN THE JORDANIAN GOVERNMENT, IT LOOKS MORE LIKE A RECYCLED CABINET RATHER THAN THE INFUSION OF NEW BLOOD SOME IF NOT MOST OF WHO SHOULD BE THE YOUNGER GENERATION.
ON THE ISSUE OF PEACE IN THE REGION WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE PALESTINIAN SITUATION, HIS MAJESTY IS IN A TOUGH SITUATION WHICH IS ACTING AS A FRICTION AGAINST ALL HIS EFFORTS AND HARD WORK. IRONICALLY, THE ONLY FACTOR THAT CAN NEUTRALIZE THIS FRICTION IS ECONOMIC FREEDOM WHICH ONLY THE YOUNGER GENERATION HAS THE KEY TO.
IRONICALLY, I HAVE JUST FINISHED WATCHING THE INTERVIEW THAT HIS MAJESTY GAVE TO CNN FEW MINUTES AGO AND SEE A GREAT LEADER TRYING TO HANDLE A COMPLEX AND THE WORST FORM OF GEO-POLITICAL EQUATIONS OF OUR TIME. THAT HIS MAJESTY MENTIONED THE AFRICAN MODEL IS NEW AND SHOWS US HOW THIS GREAT LEADER IS BURNING THE MIDNIGH OIL TRYING TO USE SOME FORM OF META-ANALYSIS TO RE-MODEL THE JORDANIAN VISION AND THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST BUT HE IS ONLY ONE PERSON WHEN IT TAKES TWO OR MORE TO TANGLE. ALL JORDANIANS SHOULD BE VERY PROUD AND HAPPY TO HAVE THE JORDAN TIMES. IF I MAY ASK, HOW MANY JORDANIANS READ AND CONTRIBUTE TO JORDAN TIMES?. IF I DO AS AN OUTSIDER, NOT A JORDANIAN BUT SIMPLY MARRIED TO A JORDAN BECAUSE I SEE THE JORDAN TIMES AS THE FOUNDATION OF THE NATION BUILDING IN JORDAN THAT HAS BROKEN THE TABOO OF CITIZEN PARTICIPATION CITIZENS THROUGH THE USE OF THIS FREE OPINIONS IN JORDAN TIMES THAT JORDANIANS ARE NOW LEARNING TO USE. BELEIVE IT OR NOT, THE GOVERNMENT READS THEM AS WELL AS MANY FOREIGN AGENTS AND IT DOES AFFECT THEIR POLICIES. I AM THEREFORE CHALLENGING ALL THE JORDANIAN PEOPLE TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF THEIR COUNTRY BY READING AND CONTRIBUTING THEIR VIEWS AND OPINIONS IN THE JORDAN TIMES. DO ALL THE UNIVERSITIES OR EVEN SECONDARY SCHOOS IN JORDAN EVEN HAVE ALL THE JORDAN TIMES EDITIONS IN THEIR LIBRARY OR DOES THE POLITICAL SCIENCE, BUSINESS, ECONOMICS OR THE INTERNATIONAL RELATION DEPARTMENTS USE THE JORDAN TIMES EDITORIALS, OPINION AND ALL THE THESIS OF EVERY DAY EDITION IN THEIR LECTURE CLASSES. IN A NUT SHELL, IT IS NOT THE HYPOTHETICAL USUAL SUSPECT THAT CAN PROPELL JORDAN INTO THE FUTURE ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE AND PROSPERITY BUT THE PARTICIPATION AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF ALL CITIZENS.

I agree with the distinguished writer Al-Sa'di that there is a need to put the macroeconomics terms in very easy manner that could help Jordanians to understand the economic situation in Jordan

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