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  • For Judeophile Living in Jordan, Studying in Israel is Merely a Dream

    Aviv’s mother marvels at the way her son, perhaps one of Jordan’s only self-avowed Judeophiles, references the Bible in discussing contemporary politics in the Middle East. “You see,” says Aviv professorially, “the borders of Israel are supposed to stretch from the Nile to the Euphrates. That is what it says in the Bible: Numbers, Chapter… More ▸

  • Positive News at U.N. Summit: Israel, Jordan Join to Save Sea

    It took the Dead Sea to breathe some life into Arab-Israeli cooperation. On Sunday, at the U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development, four Israeli and Jordanian government ministers presented a collaborative venture to save the Dead Sea, which has been shrinking at an alarming rate. Under the plan, a canal would be dug to divert… More ▸

  • Israeli Diplomat Attacked in Jordan; Second Shooting in Month

    An employee of the Israeli Embassy in Amman was lightly wounded this week when gunmen opened fire on his car, the second Israeli diplomat shot in the Jordanian capital in less than a month. Tuesday’s incident comes as anger is growing in the Arab world over Israel’s response to nine weeks of Palestinian violence in… More ▸

  • 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 ▸