Posts Tagged ‘Jordan’

 

History of Jerusalem: Jordanian Annexation of the West Bank

editor 8 August 2017

By Jewish Virtual Library.. In May 1948 the Arab Legion overran the eastern part of Jerusalem and occupied the Old City and its Holy Places. During the nineteen years of Jordanian administration, Jordan refused to honour its undertaking in the armistice agreement to accord free access to the Holy Places and to cultural institutions, and use of the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives (Section III, Document 6, Article VIII, and Section V, subsection E, Documents 15 and 16). (more…)

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Resolution 181: A “Green Light” for Jewish Statehood, but a ‘Dead’ Blueprint for Peace

editor 29 July 2017

By Eli E. Hertz.. In 1947 the British put the future of western Palestine into the hands of the United Nations, the successor organization to the League of Nations which had established the Mandate for Palestine. A UN Commission recommended partitioning what was left of the original Mandate – western Palestine, into two new states, one Jewish and one Arab.7Jerusalem and its surrounding villages were to be temporarily classified as an international zone belonging to neither polity. (more…)

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Is Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood Still the Loyal Opposition?

editor 8 May 2017

By Nur Köprülü.. The Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, the key Islamist movement in the country, has had a long-standing symbiotic relationship with the monarchy and, until recently, was not considered a threat to the survival of the Hashemite Kingdom. But the rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the growth of militant Islamist groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS) have alarmed the monarchy and led to a drastic shift in the nature of its relations with the Brotherhood from coexistence to persecution. Will the Jordanian regime be able to contain the Islamists and, in turn, will the Brotherhood choose to challenge the throne rather than to acquiesce in its continued suppression? [Photo top right:Until the 1990s, the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood had been a tacit ally of the Hashemite monarchy. That close relationship has deteriorated, triggered in large degree by King Hussein’s (R) decision to recognize and make peace with Israel in 1994. He is seen here with Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.]. (more…)

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The lessons of the Arab summit

editor 10 April 2017

By Zalman Shoval.. During the 28th Arab League summit in Jordan that ended over the weekend (March 29, 2017), host King Abdullah of Jordan said that there would be no regional stability without solving the Palestinian issue, defining Israel as an obstacle to peace. While the king probably knows better than many others what the real reasons for regional instability are, mostly as they affect his own country, at the end of the day the “Arab League” is not particularly significant, nor does it wield executive authority, for better or worse. (more…)

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The Real Face of Jordan

editor 23 March 2017

By Caroline Glick.. Jordan is the country to Israel’s east with which Israel has had a formal peace for 23 years. And its people hate Israel, and Jews, even more than the Iranians do. Every once in a while, the Jordanian people are given a chance to express how they really feel about Israel. It’s ugly. (more…)

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Recognition of the Historical Connection to Palestine

editor 11 February 2017

By Eli E. Hertz.. Fifty-one member countries – the entire League of Nations – unanimously declared on July 24, 1922: “Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.” Unlike nation-states in Europe, modern Lebanese, Jordanian, Syrian, and Iraqi nationalities did not evolve. They were arbitrarily created by colonial powers. (more…)

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Delegation of Jordanian generals visit Israel

editor 29 September 2016

By Itamar Eichner.. The secret visit by the delegation included a tour of the country, meetings with high-ranking government and IDF officials, and attending a conference at Netanya Academic College; professor praises expedition of ‘peace and normalization between neighboring countries.’ A delegation of 12 Jordanian soldiers—all loyal to King Abdullah—recently concluded a secret, three-day visit to Israel, during which it toured the country and met with high ranking Israeli officials and senior IDF officers. (more…)

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Jordan signs $10b Leviathan gas deal

editor 29 September 2016

By Globes.. Leviathan partners have signed a huge agreement to provide Jordan’s National Electric Power Company with 45 BCM (Billion Cubic Meters) of natural gas. Trading was suspended in the shares of the Leviathan partners today, after they announced that a huge deal for the sale of natural gas to Jordan worth an estimated $10 billion had been signed. (more…)

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BDS: A threat to the entire Middle East

editor 14 September 2016

By Amad Almaala.. As a Jordanian politician, I feel obligated to speak out against the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and its effect on ‎the Middle East and the world.‎ I represent the point of view and interests of the Jordanian people. ‎By doing so, I have freedom that many others may not. My views on ‎BDS are unbiased and balanced because I am not an Israeli and ‎nobody could accuse me of being anti-Arab.‎ Let me be clear: BDS is a reckless act of hatred that threatens the ‎security and stability of not only Israel, but also my country, Jordan, and the ‎entire Middle East.‎ (more…)

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Israel Builds Railway in Hope of Boosting Commerce With Arab Neighbors

editor 19 July 2016

By Orr Hirschauge and Rory Jones.. JEZREEL VALLEY, Israel—More than a hundred years ago, the Ottoman Empire built a railway line that shuttled goods on steam locomotives from the Mediterranean Sea to the souks of Damascus and the Saudi holy city of Medina. Now Israel is poised to open new tracks tracing the old line between the port city of Haifa and a terminal 5 miles short of the Jordanian border. The effort is a bid to boost moribund commerce with the country’s Arab neighbors. But they have officially given the project a frosty reception, hampering its prospects even as trade flourishes along the route. (more…)

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