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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jordan, Israeli Ally or Dangerous Enemy

To be perfectly honest, I consider the Kingdom sic of Jordan to be one of the least secure countries in the world and the most in danger of Palestinian sic uprising/invasion. First let's quickly go over the history of the country. Quickly, because it is a rather new country which isn't based on history, culture or anything. Its invention was a unilateral move by Great Britain to pacify the Hashemite clan, which isn't at all native to the eastern side of the Jordan River.
With the Great Arab Revolt in 1916 and the consequent British invasion, the area came under Occupied Enemy Territory Administration in 1917 and with the British mandate of Transjordan in early 1920s, it became the Emirate of Transjordan under the Hashemite Emir. In 1946, independent Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was formed and shortly admitted to the United Nations and the Arab League. In 1948, Jordan fought with the newly born state of Israel over lands of former Mandatory Palestine, effectively gaining control of the West Bank and annexing it with its Palestinian population.
The result is a precarious stability, and considering that its present king is married to a woman whose family is from Shechem, when their son rules, if the kingdom lasts that long, there will be what's known as a "Palestinian" sic king.

There are those Israelis and Jews who want Jordan to be called "Palestine," sic, but I'm not among them. I consider it a very dangerous mistake. That's because it gives recognition to the faux people and their faux culture and fictional history.

For quite a few years, Israel has done its best to keep a peace with Jordan. For quite a few years after the 1967 Six Days War, the Israeli movers and shakers were convinced that Jordan would come begging for peace with Israel in exchange for the so-called "west bank," but that never happened. Jordan wasn't interested in fully annexing Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley and providing it with modern infrastructure. During the nineteen years of Jordanian occupation of the areas, there had been no development.

When Israel took over after the Six Days War, it discovered a totally backwards area. Even when we moved to Shiloh in 1981, and our phones were via the nearby Turmus Aiya village, the phones had local operators like in the very early twentieth century. Every night the villages went dark about 10pm, because they turned off their generators. Piped water and sewer systems were also built by Israel.

Jordan is in many ways between a a rock and a hard place. To stay viable, it needs to pacify the terrorists without allowing them power and stay western enough to get lots of foreign aid.

Even though it allows Israelis and Jews to tour, there is a lot of tension, and many Jews do not let people there know they are Jewish.

Remember that in 1967 Jordan did join with Syria and Egypt in a war to annihilate Israel. There still are influential Jordanians who want us destroyed.
Jordanian MP Calls for Terrorism Against ‘Filthy Jews’

My gut feeling is that the decision-makers actually want Israel to stay. That's not because they want a Jewish State, but because they can encourage the Hamas and Fatah Arab terrorists to attack Israel rather than attacking Jordan. For them we are the "buffer zone." That doesn't make Jordan a reliable ally or an ally at all.  But it also doesn't make Jordan a very dangerous enemy.


LondonMale said...

I have never really understood how Jordan remains viable in an economic sense.
Has some mineral exports, some tourism and little bit of gas for domestic use.
If it can extract shale oil it can be reasonably wealthy, but otherwise not a lot happening so I think it must be propped up by subsidies?

Batya Medad said...

Good point. Very poor country propped or used to be by Britain

Anonymous said...

definitely. and not only Jordan, most of them are sustained by "charities" which do more harm than good

Batya Medad said...

That's for sure.

Sammy Finkelman said...

>> To be perfectly honest, I consider the Kingdom sic of Jordan to be one of the least secure countries in the world

Then it must be quite a miracle that it lasted so long.

Sammy Finkelman said...

I think Jordan gets subsidies from the Gulf states.

And still managed somehow to sign a peace treaty with Israel. Good bargainers, maybe.

Batya Medad said...

Sammy, agree with you