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Analysis: Hamas chief’s visit to Jordan marks culmination of Arab Spring aftermath

Taylor Luck writes that the visit of Hamas chief Khaled Mishaal to Jordan is a “diplomatic and strategic necessity” for the Jordanian authorities, according to observers. Analysts see Hamas’ visit to Jordan as a direct result of a year of uprisings in the Arab world. With the strong popular support for Islamist movements in Arab … Continue reading

King Abdullah of Jordan receives Hamas chief in presence of Qatar crown prince

On Sunday, Hamas leader Khaled Mishaal had a meeting in Amman, Jordan, with King Abdullah II of Jordan and Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani. King Abdullah stressed Jordan’s continuing support for the establishment of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with East-Jerusalem as its capital. This aim can only be achieved through negotiations … Continue reading

Jordan mulling sanctions against Israel

Various diplomatic moves against Israel have been considered by King of Jordan Abdullah II, who is frustrated by the current talks between Israelis and Palestinians in Amman. Unless Israel demonstrates it is willing to make considerable moves to reignite the stalled peace process, Abdullah may take steps towards a possible deterioration in Amman’s relationship with Jerusalem and … Continue reading

Israeli, Palestinian negotiators clash in Jordan meeting

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, Yitzhak Molcho and Saeb Erekat, had a bitter exchange of harsh words during their last meeting on Saturday. Erekat reportedly refused to let the Israeli side present its proposal on security arrangement. Palestinians said Israel must present its position on borders by January 26, but the Israeli team came with the … Continue reading

Israel, PLO to meet Saturday

Representative from the PLO and Israel will meet for the third time in Amman this saturday as exploratory discussions continue. The Quartet, which brought the two sides to Amman, is hoping these discussions will lead to a new round of peace negotiations. Palestinian Authority President Abbas has downplayed the outcome of these talks and has … Continue reading

‘Hamas members to reside in Jordan’

After being “unconstitutionally” expelled from Jordan, the Jordanian government is researching the best way to allow those Hamas members and the families back into the Kingdom. According to Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh, the returning members will not be allowed to establish Hamas headquarters or engage in acts considered to political. The Jordan Times, Jordan Click here … Continue reading

Jordan allows Islamic Jihad to join PLO meet in Amman

Changing their position from December, Jordan will allow an Islamic Jihad delegation to join the PLO committee meeting on Sunday. Salim Zanoun, head of the Palestinian National Council, said that all factions which signed the unity agreement in May will be in attendance, Abu Imad ar-Refaai, Islamic Jihad’s representative from Lebanon. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine Click here … Continue reading

Netanyahu mulls gestures toward Palestinians to keep peace talks going

Netanyahu mulls gestures toward Palestinians to keep peace talks going

Analysis: Israeli-Palestinian talks in Jordan: Working hard at treading water

Egypt for many years played the role of regional protector of an Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Today, Jordan is going some ways toward assuming that role by convening Israeli-Palestinian exploratory talks in Amman on Tuesday. Foreign Policy, United States Click here for the full story

Report: Armed groups trained in Jordan, Turkey infiltrate Syria

In the past two months, Syrian and Arab volunteers infiltrated Syria after completing their training on street fighting, mine and improvised explosive devices planting, storming military barracks and security centers. These fighters infiltrated Syrian territory from Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and the Kurdish and Sunni regions of Iraq. Al Bawaba, Jordan Click here for the full … Continue reading

Israel, Palestinians to hold talks in Jordan; prospects hazy

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet this week after more than a year of deadlocked peacemaking, officials said on Sunday, but both sides played down prospects of any imminent resumption of talks. Reuters, United States Click here for the full story

PM: Security fence to be built along Jordan border

When the security fence along the border with Egypt is complete, a fence will also be built along the border with Jordan, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Sunday in a Likud ministerial meeting. The move is intended to curb migrant workers and refugees from Africa from infiltrating into Israel. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full story

Israeli settlers raid Jordan border

Israeli settlers raided the Jordanian borders on Monday evening in protest over Amman’s involvement in a dispute over a footbridge to Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque. An Israeli military spokeswoman said initial reports indicated that 30 Israelis crossed the security fence and entered a closed military zone on the border of the West Bank and Jordan, but she … Continue reading

Jordan Urges Palestinians to Stay Out of Local Unrest

Worried about political unrest at home, Jordan’s King Abdullah is pressing Hamas and Fatah leaders to keep ethnic Palestinians out of the struggle underway in Jordan between the government and the opposition, sources in the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Jordanian intelligence said. The Media Line, Israel Click here for the full story

Jordan apology to Hamas baffles many

Mending relations with Hamas has raised eyebrows among King Abdullah II’s loyalists and his detractors, and not only because Washington considers the Palestinian group a terrorist organisation. The National, United Arab Emirates Click here for the full story

Hamas: Palestine is Palestine, Jordan is Jordan

The Jordanian government understands that Hamas does not consider the possibility of Jordan as an alternative “homeland” for the Palestinian people, a member of Hamas’s political bureau told pan-Arab daily Al Hayat in an interview published Friday. “[Our] brothers in Jordan know very well that we reject the idea of a surrogate homeland, an option still carried by some Israeli leaders,” … Continue reading

Jordan king tells Israel’s Peres settlements hinder peace

Jordan’s King Abdullah II told visiting Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday that Israel’s settlement building on Palestinian land posed a “serious obstacle” to peace efforts. Their meeting comes after a period of frosty ties between the neighbors. Abdullah has accused Israel of derailing peace talks by stepping up settlement building in East Jerusalem and the … Continue reading


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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