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Jordan’s King Does Not Want a Palestinian State

Publicly he backs the Palestinian cause, but privately King Abdullah has good reason to oppose it

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King Abdullah II of Jordan does not really want a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, despite his repeated opposition to the extension of Israeli sovereignty to the so-called “West Bank.”

This is due in large part to fears of a repeat of Black September, when in 1970 the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) attempted to seize control of Jordan. The king also no doubt keenly remembers that Jordan’s founding monarch, King Abdullah I, was assassinated by a Palestinian. A Palestinian also tried to assassinate the current king’s father and predecessor, King Hussein.

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Armed Palestinian militants illegally patrol the streets of Amman in 1970. Such acts of aggression soon brought them into conflict with the Jordanian military.

All of this was pointed out recently by Middle East expert and political analyst Yoni Ben Menachem in an interview on the Israeli radio station Arutz Sheva.

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