It is hard to separate Jordan, at least ethically, from the U.S.-brokered Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations. Jordan is the third inseparable party in the ongoing talks though not there on the negotiating table. The fact that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has concluded most every single tour to the West Bank and Israel with a visit to Jordan is the least proof of the kingdom’s inseparability from the peace talks. For many Americans, Israelis, Palestinians and even Jordanians, Jordan’s involvement in the peace process is a necessity for any peace deal to be reached.
The "substitute homeland"
The “substitute homeland” was neither a Jordanian nor a Palestinian invention and is not anyway part of the Middle Eastern people’s indulgence in the “conspiracy theory.” It exists in the Israeli thinking as an option – probably the best option – to settle the Palestinian question.Raed Omari
The same can be said about the 1988 disengagement decision that, although described at the time as a milestone move centered around enabling the Palestinians to fight for their cause as independent people, left the Jordanian-Palestinian relationship open to all problematic possibilities as it did not clearly and fully addressing the refugee dilemma. In other words, the Disengagement Law, which is still shelved, needs to be enforced or revisited to help the two sides avert any future disagreements over the refugee issue.