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The King of Jordan’s Fateful Poker Game

Caught between a rock and a hard place, King Abdullah might be running out of options

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In a recent article in Israel Today the readers were warned not to believe Palestinian propaganda regarding the annexation – not to believe the official public positions of Arab leaders on the Palestinian issue in general, and on the annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria in particular.

As a rule, any Arab leader who publicly criticizes Israel will increase his popularity. The reason is simple: The Arab peoples, in general, do not like Israel. They naturally identify with the Palestinian issue. Therefore, every Arab leader who is publicly harsh toward Israel gains popularity at home.

Now, since most Arab leaders are dictators, they are not looking for popularity in the same way democratic leaders do, to win elections. What they are looking for is governing stability.

In other words, they don’t want to see demonstrations, protests, or a second “Arab Spring” among their people. This is the main reason…

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