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  • Jordan’s King Focuses on Peace During First Official Visit to Israel

    Concern about the slow pace of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations prompted Jordan’s King Abdullah to make his first state visit to Israel since ascending the throne last year. Jordan has a large stake in those negotiations, which touch on what to do with Palestinian refugees and on the final borders of Israel and a Palestinian state. More… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Jordan King Gets Tough on Hamas, but Extent of Crackdown is Unclear

    After years of tolerating Hamas activities in Amman, Jordanian officials have clamped down on the Islamic fundamentalist group. The move has sparked accusations from Hamas officials that Jordan’s King Abdullah was doing the bidding of Israeli officials — a claim roundly denied by both Israel and Jordan. While it is true that Israel has exerted… More ▸

  • Jordanian King: Ties with Israel Take Back Seat to Arab Relations

    Jordan’s King Abdullah has pledged he would never pursue relations with Israel “at the expense” of relations with fellow Arab countries, including Iraq, Syria, Egypt, or with the Palestinian self-rule government. “With the new reign, we are opening a clean sheet with everyone based on mutual respect,” Abdullah told the London-based Arab-language newspaper al-Quds al-… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Water Shortage Threatens Israeli-jordanian Relations

    Israeli-Jordanian relations have hit one of their lowest points since the signing of their peace accord over an issue that perpetually looms as a threat to regional peace: water. The crisis erupted last week, when Israel’s water commissioner, Meir Ben-Meir, met in Jerusalem with his Jordanian counterpart, Dureid Mahasneh, and informed him that Israel is… More ▸

  • Remarks on Iraq-jordan Cooperation Dominate Netanyahu-abdullah Parley

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was dogged by controversy this week, when he held his first working meeting in Amman with Jordan’s King Abdullah. After Sunday’s meeting, which also included Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon, Netanyahu said that relations between the two nations remain strong. Just the same, the meeting was overshadowed by remarks Netanyahu made last… More ▸

  • The Legacy of King Hussein: Jordan’s Monarch Forged Special Ties with U.S. Jews

    In 1964, Theodore Mann and other members of the American Jewish Congress were arrested for picketing the Jordanian pavilion at the World’s Fair in New York. Two decades later Mann and a small group of AJCongress officers met with King Hussein in Amman for the first official visit by an American Jewish organization to Jordan…. More ▸

  • News Analysis: Israelis React with Caution to Jordan’s Decision on New Heir

    Israeli officials are reacting cautiously to Jordanian King Hussein’s decision to name a new successor. Hussein’s eldest son Abdullah — who now replaces the King’s brother, Crown Prince Hassan, as heir to the Hashemite throne — is largely an unknown entity, particularly with regard to Israeli-Jordanian relations. Reserve Col. Shalom Harari, a former Arab affairs… More ▸

  • Israeli-jordanian Trade Rises Amid Misgivings over Peace

    The last thing a traveler from Israel to Jordan sees before crossing the Sheikh Hussein Bridge are the shiny “golden arches” of a McDonald’s restaurant — a sign of foreign investment Israel enjoyed in the mid-1990s as regional peacemaking progressed. But exactly four years after Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty on Oct. 26,… More ▸