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  • Save Dead Sea by Restoring Jordan River, Not by Red Sea Channel

    Environmentalists in Israel and the Middle East have a clear vision on how to save the Dead Sea, which has been losing 850 million cubic meters per year thanks to water diversion upstream and mineral extraction at the sea. This vision sees fresh water flowing again into the Dead Sea from the Jordan River, arresting… More ▸

  • Obama Sounds Hawkish and Dovish Themes in Jordan, Israel

    During his stops in Jordan and Israel, presidential contender Barack Obama stressed both his backing for tough Israeli security measures and his commitment to advancing the peace process. In meetings with several Israeli leaders Wednesday, Obama reaffirmed his commitment to Israel’s struggle against terrorism and other violent threats, including Iran’s suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons…. More ▸

  • A River Runs Through Them the ‘palestinian Question’ on Both Sides of the Jordan

    It is one the great unanswered questions in the Middle East today: How will a country of some 6 million people, facing external threats from troublemaking neighbors and internal threats from millions of Palestinians, ultimately solve its Palestinian question and, in the process, define its national character? That country? Hint: It’s not Israel. Here in… More ▸

  • Even with Mideast Conflict, Money Talks in Jordan’s Industrial Zones

    Arabs throughout the Middle East are upset over Israel’s conflict with Hezbollah. But when it comes to Jordan’s qualified industrial zones, money talks. The Hashemite Kingdom now has a dozen of them, stretching from Irbid in the North to Akaba in the South. These clusters of factories — churning out everything from jeans to jewelry… More ▸

  • Attacks Don’t Shake Jordan, but Serve As a Warning for Israel

    Israeli experts say the recent terrorist attacks in Amman, the worst in Jordan’s history, won’t shake the monarchy’s pro-Western orientation — but could be a harbinger of things to come for Israel. “There is no immediate danger to the regime of King Abdullah II of Jordan,” Shimon Shamir, a former Israeli ambassador to Jordan, said… More ▸

  • In Effort to Orient Jordan to West, Abdullah Seeks Aid of U.S. Jewry

    Jordan’s king believes Jews can play a key role in his campaign to win back the Muslim street. “The Amman message,” initiated by Abdullah II, brought together scholars from the eight main streams of Islam in July to issue edicts that marginalize terrorists who purport to act in the name of Islam — particularly Al-Qaida… More ▸