Heras told VOA that Egypt and Jordan are vigorously working for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and would reject any Israeli moves to forcibly displace Palestinians into their countries.
He said that concern is particularly acute for Jordan.
“Both those countries have the potential to have very restive and angry populations turning on their governments,” he said. “Jordan has dealt pragmatically with Israel, but it’s also exposed in a lot of ways because the majority of the population of Jordan happens to be Palestinian by descent. Jordan has responsibility for the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem. Jordan is a country that, even before this conflict erupted, was under severe economic pressure that has led to an increase in social, political activism.”
“The whole region is sinking in a sea of hatred that will define generations to come,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi warned. He said that any day-after scenario for Gaza “is not going to be discussed except after the war and the killing are stopped.”