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Jordan Move to Military Conscription Seen As Refusal to Seek Israeli Peace

An announcement from Amman yesterday that Jordan soon intends to establish compulsory military service was viewed by authorities here as indicating that the Hashemite Kingdom has no intention of agreeing to a peaceful solution with Israel. Qualified observers here doubt that Jordan can bear the financial burden of conscription without generous aid from outside sources. In any event, they feel that Israel has little to fear from the Jordanian army whether conscripted or voluntary.