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Why the Jordan Valley is important in the war on terror
The Jerusalem Post ^ | January 14, 2010 | Dr. Dore Gold

Posted on 01/19/2010 1:19:42 AM PST by jerusalemjudy

The fact of the matter is that if Israel withdrew from the Jordan Valley and it became known among the global jihadi groups that the doors to the West Bank were open, the scale of the threat would change and the Jordanians would find it difficult to effectively halt the stream of manpower and weaponry into their territory.

Clearly Jordan itself would be destabilized by this development. This is exactly what happened in 2005 when al-Qaida in Iraq set up an infrastructure in Jordan and attacked hotels and government buildings. This is also what happened during Black September in 1970, when the Jordanian army had to confront a massive Palestinian military presence and a civil war ensued. Besides, should Jordan have a common border with a Palestinian state, Palestinian irredentism toward the East Bank would undoubtedly increase.

More than 30 years ago, when foreign minister Yigal Allon - who had been Rabin's commander and mentor in the Palmah during 1948 - was summarizing his plan for "defensible borders" for Israel in Foreign Affairs, he simply said that if Israel wanted to be sure that the areas from which it withdrew would remain demilitarized, it must keep the Jordan Valley. Allon was writing in 1976, but his analysis remains as relevant as ever today.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: borders; israel; jordanvalley

1 posted on 01/19/2010 1:19:43 AM PST by jerusalemjudy
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To: jerusalemjudy

Can someone explain to me why we don’t seem to hear a whole lot about Jordan re: Middle Eastern politics or war? Is their society Westernized more than their Arab neighbors are?

Maybe I haven’t been listening to the news @ the times that Jordan-related issues have popped up, maybe?


2 posted on 01/19/2010 1:36:29 AM PST by ChrisInAR (You gotta let it out, Captain!)
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To: ChrisInAR

Jordan likes to stay quiet, they’re fairly small, but they are central in the middle east and they are a Muslim nation helping in the war on terror, something that isn’t at all popular with the other Arabs. They try not to make alot of waves.


3 posted on 01/19/2010 1:47:46 AM PST by world weary
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.

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4 posted on 01/19/2010 5:01:21 AM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.

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5 posted on 01/19/2010 5:02:05 AM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: ChrisInAR; jerusalemjudy

The double agent who bombed the CIA in Afghanistan was a Jordanian. The place is seething with Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood al Qaeda types. Zarkawi was Jordanian.

Unfortunately the US military and FBI and CIA chooses Muslim Arabic speakers over Christian and Jewish ones for HUMINT.

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CIA killings in Afghanistan spotlight Jordan as key US intelligence partner

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2010/0106/CIA-killings-in-Afghanistan-spotlight-Jordan-as-key-US-intelligence-partner


6 posted on 01/19/2010 8:58:08 AM PST by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Thanks jerusalemjudy.
The fact of the matter is that if Israel withdrew from the Jordan Valley and it became known among the global jihadi groups that the doors to the West Bank were open, the scale of the threat would change and the Jordanians would find it difficult to effectively halt the stream of manpower and weaponry into their territory. Clearly Jordan itself would be destabilized by this development. This is exactly what happened in 2005 when al-Qaida in Iraq set up an infrastructure in Jordan and attacked hotels and government buildings. This is also what happened during Black September in 1970, when the Jordanian army had to confront a massive Palestinian military presence and a civil war ensued.

7 posted on 01/19/2010 6:29:32 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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