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  • Israel, Jordan Take Steps to Repair Strained Relations

    Israel and Jordan appear to be engaged in some serious fencemending. A series of meetings this week — capped by a session in Tel Aviv between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s Crown Prince Hassan — showed that the two countries are trying to end some five months of strained relations. The breach, perhaps the… More ▸

  • Probe Faults Head of Mossad for Bungled Jordan Operation

    A government-appointed committee has cleared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of responsibility for a failed Mossad operation to kill a Hamas leader in Jordan. The commission said that the prime minister had acted in a “responsible manner, having considered and examined the plans presented to him, from every possible aspect.” The commission reserved its criticism for… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Israeli Jobs Head to Jordan; is This a Win-win Situation?

    The peace process isn’t the only crisis that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing. In December, the premier was booed during a trip to the development town of Ofakim, where unemployment has risen to nearly 15 percent. More recently, a one-day strike was held in several Druze villages to protest a loss of jobs… More ▸

  • Government Panel Begins Probe of Failed Mossad Affair in Jordan

    The government committee investigating the failed Mossad attempt to assassinate a Hamas leader in Jordan has begun its probe. During the committee’s first day of hearings Sunday, the head of Mossad, Danny Yatom, was the first witness to appear. Yatom was reported to have presented evidence that Khaled Mashaal, the target of the botched Sept…. More ▸

  • News Analysis: Israel Recoils After Mossad Bungles Operation in Jordan

    It was supposed to be a quiet week of introspection during the Days of Awe. But Israelis found themselves dealing with a disturbing situation during the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Not only had Israel’s famed Mossad secret service reportedly botched an assassination attempt in neighboring Jordan. But also, perhaps worse, the failure… More ▸

  • Israel Implicated in Attempt to Kill Hamas Leader in Jordan

    Israel has implied that it was behind a botched assassination attempt on a Hamas leader in Jordan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused Sunday to confirm or deny whether Israel played a role in the failed Sept. 25 attempt. But Cabinet Secretary Danny Naveh, in an apparent effort to explain the motivation behind the incident, said… More ▸

  • Two Israeli Guards Wounded in Shooting Attack in Jordan

    A previously unknown organization calling itself the Islamic Resistance has claimed responsibility for an attack on two Israeli Embassy security guards in Jordan. The guards, identified as Moshe Levin and Amikam Hadar, were lightly wounded in Monday’s shooting attack in Amman. Jordanian authorities launched a search for the assailants and offered a cash reward for… More ▸

  • Ross Wraps Up Mideast Mission As Netanyahu Travels to Jordan

    As U.S. Middle East envoy Dennis Ross extended his shuttle mission here this week, it remained unclear exactly how much he had achieved in his meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials. As a result of those meetings, CIA officials will participate in a three-way panel aimed at increasing security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian… More ▸

  • Israeli Tourists Face Hostility in Jordan As Peace Process Fades

    A man with a long, white beard stands in front of his household-goods store in this ancient Roman city in northern Jordan. “Life is quite good here, this is the Holy Land,” he said, “except that one should get rid of all the Zionists and throw them out.” Ali Ahmad Abu-Kishek has probably never seen… More ▸