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“Moderate” Jordan: “The more hostile to Israel you are the more popular you become”


In moderate Jordan, Jew-hatred is populist rhetoric. Islamic Jew-hatred: it’s in the Quran.

“Expert dismisses Jordanian rhetoric against Israel as election ‘propaganda,’” by Ariel Ben Solomon, Maayan Groisman, Jerusalem Post, May 15, 2016 (thanks to Christian):

A Jordanian expert is dismissing comments opposing the peace treaty with Israel by Jordanian House Speaker Atef Tarawneh, who has a history of making anti-Israel statements, calling it election propaganda.

“This is a kind of propaganda, the parliamentary elections in Jordan will take place within six months,” Dr. Abdullah Sawalha, director of the Amman-based Center for Israel Studies, told The Jerusalem Post.

“Unfortunately, the more hostile to Israel you are the more popular you become,” he added.

David Schenker, an expert on Jordan and director of the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told the Post: “With 13.5 percent unemployment, 30% among the youth, 1.4 million Syrian refugees, a $2 billion deficit and an increasing threat of terrorism, you’d think the Jordanian parliament would have more important matters to deal with.”

The Jordanian parliament and other citizen groups often voice opposition to cooperation with Israel, but King Abdullah has ultimate control in the country.

Despite the fact that much of the Jordanian population sees Israel as the enemy, cooperation and people- to-people relations are quietly and slowly growing.

A second batch of 500 Jordanian day workers was recently approved for hotels in Eilat, and the government hopes to eventually reach 1,500 Jordanian workers in the Red Sea city.

Deputy Regional Cooperation Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud) has been pushing for expanded relations with Israel’s neighbor, including a “Jordan Gateway” project, which would include a new bridge between Israel and Jordan as part of a shared industrial zone in the northern Jordan Valley.

Following a visit to Jordan, where he was on hand to promote the project, Kara revealed that the process to construct the bridge has begun, with tenders being issued for building.

“The final preparations to start the work are being made,” he told the Post earlier this month.

Tarawneh said the Jordanian parliament, which represents the people, adamantly disagrees with the government over the peace treaty with Israel.

In an interview with the London- based TV channel Al-Ghad on Thursday, Tarawneh commented about his decision to ban



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