Clearly, Jordan is moving closer to the Hamas camp, at least when it comes to Peace Process negotiations. A few weeks back, I posted on Abu Rumman’s article about rumors that Jordan was going to replace Egypt, seen as biased against Hamas, as the intermediary between the Arabs and Israel. Such a step would be pretty dramatic, and is not likely to happen, though Hamas (and many on “the Arab street) would not mind.
What does seem to be happening is a Hamas-Jordan rapprochement, reported recently by Al-Hayat. The government of Jordan, wary of Fatah leader Mahmoud Abass’s commitment to the refugee issue, is moving closer to Hamas. The story notes how when Abass goes to Lebanon he makes statements about the refugee problem being a priority in the negotiations, but he doesn’t say the same things about Jordan, causing the Jordanian government to question his commitment. Hamas makes no doubt about their commitment to the refugee problem.
Such a new approach is not without risks: The story notes how Fatah has only one goal- create a Palestinian state. Hamas, on the other hand, has deep ideological affinities with the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, a rival to the government, so such a rapprochement will be tricky.