The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is rapidly making gains in war-torn Iraq and Syria, and is now threatening one of the region’s few stable regimes, Jordan.
The Hashemite Kingdom has reportedly amassed forces along its eastern border with Iraq, but after ISIS managed to so effortlessly overrun the American-backed Iraqi army, there is cause for concern.
There is growing speculation that if ISIS makes a move on Jordan, Israel will be asked to join the fight.
Former Israeli National Security Council directory Yaakov Amidror told an audience in Jerusalem on Sunday that “it’s not just in Jordan’s interest, but in Israel’s as well to work together to solve this problem.”
Jordan has a capable ground force, but could still be overwhelmed numerically by ISIS without the backing of a strong power like the Israel Air Force. The Jewish state is at present a long way from committing such support publicly, but government sources are already saying that Israel will provide intelligence in what appears to be Jordan’s inevitable battle with the Islamists.
Obama Administration officials cited by The Daily Beast went further, noting that the current assessment is that the Jordanian military will not be able to repel a full ISIS assault, and that Amman will seek to recruit both Israel and the United States to the fight. And, those same officials suggested, Israel and the US will be compelled to accept Jordan’s request.
While the overall situation is certainly harrowing for the region, it also provides yet another opportunity for Israel to demonstrate to moderate Arabs that it is not the enemy, and is in fact a potential steadfast ally.