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  • Parents of Murdered Students Object to Jordanian’s Sentence

    The parents of seven Israeli schoolgirls who were murdered by a Jordanian soldier are protesting the sentence he was given. “I’m disappointed, especially in King Hussein,” said Miri Meiri, the mother of Ya’ala Meiri, one of the victims. Meiri said that during a condolence visit to the bereaved families, the Jordanian monarch had said he… More ▸

  • Israel Formally Agrees to Return $50 Million in U.S. Aid for Jordan

    Israel has formally agreed to return $50 million in U.S. foreign aid so that the Clinton administration can reward Jordan for its support of the peace process. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced Tuesday that Israel and Egypt would each contribute $50 million to a new Middle East Peace and Stability Fund. Jordan will receive… More ▸

  • Israel Agrees to Divert Part of U.S. Foreign Aid to Jordan

    Israel has decided to give Jordan $50 million from the more than $3 billion in annual aid it receives from the United States, Israeli officials said this week. After two months of negotiations, Israel informed American officials June 12 that it was willing to forego the $50 million a year for the next five years…. More ▸

  • Jordanian Attack Survivors Testify at Trial Near Amman

    Five Israelis testified this week at the trial of the Jordanian soldier charged with the murder of seven Israeli schoolgirls. The students were gunned down in March at the Naharayim enclave on the Israeli- Jordanian border. Among those appearing Monday in a military court near the Jordanian capital of Amman were three teachers who accompanied… More ▸

  • Israel, Jordan to Establish Rail Links

    First you could drive, then you could fly. Now it won’t be long before you can train it from Israel to Jordan. Ariel Sharon, Israel’s national infrastructure minister, said this week that the rail links would be built in the Dead Sea area, and between the Red Sea cities of Aqaba and Eilat. International firms… More ▸

  • Jordan to Try Soldier Who Killed 7

    The Jordanian soldier who shot dead seven Israeli schoolgirls on the border between the two countries will go on trial next week in a military court outside of Amman. A five-member panel, headed by a brigadier general, will hear the case. Prosecutors said Ahmed Daqamsa, a 28-year-old driver, will be charged with premeditated murder for… More ▸

  • U.S. Plan Would Cut Aid to Israel While Giving a Big Boost to Jordan

    The era of federal fiscal responsibility has collided with the Middle East peace process to result in a likely cut in U.S. foreign aid for both Israel and Egypt. Under an emerging U.S. plan, $50 million from each country would be redirected to a newly created Middle East fund for “peace and stability.” Jordan would… More ▸

  • Israel’s Ambassador to Jordan Resigns to Protest His Exclusion

    Israel’s new ambassador to Jordan has resigned his post, complaining that he was never informed about a secret meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and King Hussein last week. Oded Eran, who became Israel’s second ambassador to Amman only last week, said he learned of the meeting through the media. The meeting in the Jordanian… More ▸

  • Israeli Foreign Minister Claims Ties with Jordan Not in Crisis

    Foreign Minister David Levy was invited to visit Jordan a day after a meeting between the Crown Prince and Israeli prime minister was canceled because of a dispute over water. Although no date was set for Levy’s visit, the foreign minister said Wednesday’s invitation was proof that relations between the countries were not in crisis…. More ▸

  • Deported Hamas Leader in Jordan: No More Terror Against Civilians

    Shortly after his arrival in Jordan, Hamas leader Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook said his organization would no longer target Israeli civilians for terrorist attacks. At the same time, he vowed to resume his own struggle against what he termed Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. “I have a long way to go in serving my people… More ▸