Trump Offered the West Bank to Jordan’s King, New Book Claims

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The Washington Post reports that Abdullah II thought he was having ‘a heart attack’ when Trump offered Jordan control of the Israeli-occupied territory

According to the Washington Post, the book – “The Divider: Trump in the White House 2017-2021” by New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker and the New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser – claims the Republican President offered the Israeli-occupied territory to Jordan.

Trump offered what he called “a great deal,” though King Abdullah later recalled the offer when speaking to an American friend that he “thought [he] was having a heart attack. I couldn’t breathe, I was bent doubled-over.” Although some 3 million Palestinians live in Jordan, they have not always lived peaceably in the monarchy, with the friction even culminating in armed conflict in the 1970s.

Last month, a separate excerpt released from the book detailed a meeting that took place in Jerusalem in late 2020, where U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley told then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “back off” Trump and stop calling for the former U.S. president to attack Iran.

“Among those pushing the president to hit Iran before Biden’s inauguration, Milley believed, was the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. On December 18, the same day that Trump met with [Michael] Flynn to discuss instituting martial law, Milley met with Netanyahu at his home in Jerusalem to personally urge him to back off with Trump,” wrote Baker and Glasser in an excerpt published in the New Yorker.

“If you do this, you’re gonna have a fucking war,” Milley told him, according to the excerpt. The Israeli prime minister’s official Twitter account noted “the two discussed regional threats, especially the Iranian aggression” in its readout of the meeting.

Since President Biden defeated Trump in 2020, several books from the ex-president’s inner circle have offered insights and postmortems in the tumultuous term. His son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, for one, claimed that then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hesitancy over the 2018 embassy move to Jerusalem almost torpedoed the deal, while Trump’s ex-aide Peter Navarro recently described a nascent coup attempt against Kushner ahead of November’s election defeat.


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