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King Hussein Announces Jordan's Disengagement from the West Bank (1988)

An address given by King Hussein of Jordan on 31 July 1988, by which he announced that Jordan would waive all claims for control of the West Bank. Jordan was in control of the territory from the 1948 War to the 1967 Six Day War and unilaterally annexed it in 1950. In his address, Hussein cited the 1974 Rabat Resolution, by which the Arab League recognized the PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people; the 1982 Fez Plan, calling for a Palestinian state to be established over the West Bank and Gaza Strip; and his own 1972 Federation Plan, suggesting the creation of a confederation over both banks of the Jordan River.