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  • Netanyahu blasts Jordan’s King Abdullah for Temple Mount criticism

    2 weeks ago

    A day after Jordan’s King Abdullah sharply criticized Israel’s actions in defusing violence on the Temple Mount, Israel accused Jordan of being partially responsible for the conflict.

    In a strongly worded message to Jordan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed on...

  • Tensions at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque spill over onto international stage

    3 weeks ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Following three days of clashes between Israeli security forces and Muslim demonstrators at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the King of Jordan has warned Israel that its “provocation” is risking the relationship between the two...

  • Germany’s moral courage

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 7, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Around 7 a.m. last Sunday, The New York Times landed on my balcony with a thud, like it always does. It woke me up and startled my cats, like it usually does, until we all realized it’s the same old, same old, and lay our heads down again.

    But when I finally emerged about an hour...

  • World’s largest ‘Slip n’ Slide’ to be built in Jordan

    September 3, 2015 | 9:54 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    The desert kingdom of Jordan might seem like an unlikely location for the world’s largest water slide. Breaking the record for the longest “Slip n’ Slide”, the long sheet of thin plastic that becomes slippery when wet, is designed as...

  • Holy to half of humanity – the polluted water of the Jordan River

    July 13, 2015 | 10:57 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    When US Naval officer William F. Lynch became the first Westerner to sail the lower Jordan River in 1847, he traversed the Sea of Galilee down the Jordan to the Dead Sea over current so strong that, according to his journal, he...

  • Four teachers among six Israeli-Arabs charged for promoting Islamic State

    July 6, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Israel's Shin Bet undercover internal security agency and police said on Monday they had arrested and charged six Arab citizens, including four school teachers, with supporting and spreading the ideology of Islamic State.

    The six, residents of the Bedouin Negev desert town of...

  • Israel coordinates transfer of lion cubs from Gaza

    July 6, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Israel coordinated the transfer of a pair of lion cubs from Gaza to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan.

    The cubs, Max and Mona, were transferred to Israel from Gaza on Sunday through the Erez crossing and then taken to a sanctuary near Amman, where they arrived on Sunday evening.

  • Israel approves extending fortified fence on its Jordan border

    June 29, 2015 | 9:36 am

    Israel's security cabinet has approved extending the fortified fence along its Egyptian border into a section of the frontier with neighboring Jordan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

    Jordan and Israel closely coordinate security for their 240 km (150 mile)-long...

  • Israeli businessman hopes to ship goods through Jordan to Arab world

    April 29, 2015 | 8:54 am

    This post originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Haifa, Israel – The captain peered over the side of the Turkish-flagged ship at his cargo of long metal rods that have come from Turkey and are headed to an unspecified Middle East country. The crew piled into a van at the Israel...

  • Egypt may import natural gas from Israel

    March 5, 2015 | 11:21 am

    Egypt might import natural gas from Israel, according to a senior Egyptian government official.

    Egypt would import the natural gas, drilled in the Mediterranean Sea off of Israel’s coast, if its price is low enough, and if one of the drilling companies drops a legal action...

  • At UCLA, the power of negative emotions

    By David Suissa

    February 26, 2015 | 4:28 pm

    For several years now, a nasty anti-Israel group called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has bludgeoned Israel’s image on college campuses. They take no prisoners. They have little interest in polite and civil debate. They are lethal at manipulating the college bureaucracy...

  • Jordan says planes bomb Islamic State targets for second day running

    February 6, 2015 | 11:25 am

    Jordan said on Friday it had carried out a second straight day of air strikes on Islamic State militants to avenge a captive Jordanian pilot burnt to death by the group.

    “Sorties of air force fighters executed several air strikes against select targets of the Daesh gang,” state...

  • Israeli minister urges West to give more arms to Kurds, Jordan

    February 6, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Western states should provide more weapons to Jordan, Egypt, Kurdish forces and certain opposition forces in Syria, Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on the sidelines of the Munich Security conference on Friday.

    Israeli officials had previously stopped short...

  • Jordan military jets pound Islamic State as king comforts pilot’s family

    February 5, 2015 | 4:20 pm

    Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State targets in Syria on Thursday, before roaring over the hometown of the pilot killed by the militants while King Abdullah consoled the victim's family.

    A statement from the Jordanian armed forces said tens of jets were deployed in the...

  • Jordan hangs two Iraqi militants in response to pilot’s death

    February 4, 2015 | 8:52 am

    Jordan hanged two Iraqi jihadists, one a woman, on Wednesday in response to an Islamic State video showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage by the hard-line group.

    Islamic State had demanded the release of the woman, Sajida al-Rishawi, in exchange for a...

  • Islamic State shows burning of hostage, Jordan vows ‘earth-shaking’ response

    February 3, 2015 | 9:29 am

    Islamic State militants released a video on Tuesday appearing to show a captured Jordanian pilot being burnt alive in a cage, a killing that shocked the world and prompted Jordan to vow an "earth-shaking" response.

    A Jordanian official said the authorities would swiftly execute...

  • Jordan to send ambassador back to Israel as tensions ease

    February 2, 2015 | 9:05 am

    Jordan will return its ambassador to Israel, the government said on Monday, three months after withdrawing the envoy in protest at Israeli restrictions on access to Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque.

    For the first time since making peace with its neighbor in 1994, Jordan announced in...

  • Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese ISIS hostage unclear

    January 28, 2015 | 4:43 pm

    Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.

    The fate of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh was thought to be tied to that...

  • Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State

    January 28, 2015 | 11:07 am

    Jordan is still holding a prisoner whose release has been demanded by Islamic State militants and her freedom depends on the fate of a Jordanian pilot captured by the insurgents, government spokesman Mohammad Momani said on Wednesday.

    "It's not true she has been released. Her...

  • Israeli scribes restore 200-year-old Iraqi scroll

    January 23, 2015 | 2:02 pm

    Israeli scribes restored a 200-year old Iraqi Torah scroll that arrived in Israel under mysterious circumstances.

    The Associated Press reported Thursday that the scroll, written in northern Iraq by two scribes using pomegranate ink, was delivered, water-damaged, to the Israeli...

  • Palestinian activist calls to reform UNRWA

    December 15, 2014 | 4:50 pm

    Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist, has launched a crusade against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), tasked with providing “assistance and protection” for five million Palestinian refugees around the world. In Palestinian refugee camps in the West...

  • Clean-up of Israeli desert oil spill could take years

    December 10, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    Ecologists said on Wednesday it could take years to clean up a massive oil spill that flooded an Israeli nature reserve with up to five million litres of crude and threatened to spread to the Red Sea shore and neighbouring Jordan.

    A breached pipeline started spewing oil into...

  • Obama promises more aid, loan guarantees to Jordan

    December 5, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Friday that the United States and its allies are making slow but steady progress in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, and he pledged new aid to Jordan to grapple with Syrian refugees.

    Obama and Jordan's King Abdullah made...

  • Oil spill floods into Israeli nature reserve

    December 4, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Millions of litres of crude oil have gushed out of a pipeline to flood 200 acres of a desert nature reserve in southern Israel, officials said on Thursday.

    Israel Radio reported that the breach happened by accident during maintenance work on Wednesday night on the Eilat-Ashkelon...

  • Analysis: Why the Temple Mount is at the heart of Jerusalem strife

    November 19, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    The murders of four rabbis on Nov. 18 during morning prayers at a Jerusalem synagogue — a police officer also died of his injuries — could throw a wrench into the results of the Nov.13 summit in Amman that brought together Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Netanyahu accuses Abbas of incitement in Jerusalem

    November 17, 2014 | 9:38 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of incitement as the P.A.’s official media called for a day of rage in Jerusalem.

    Netanyahu pointed out the call at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday.


  • Israel, Palestinians agree to steps to calm Jerusalem tensions, Kerry says

    November 13, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    Israel and the Palestinians have pledged to take concrete steps to calm tensions around Jerusalem's holiest site, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday after talks in the Jordanian capital.

    Violence has flared in recent weeks over the compound where their biblical...

  • Jerusalem tension leaves Jordan more exposed to Mideast turmoil

    November 6, 2014 | 9:50 am

    As Jordan joins a military campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, tensions in Jerusalem pose a potentially bigger risk to a nation only slightly scathed by the turmoil sweeping the Middle East.

    The U.S. ally has been alarmed and angered by recent Israeli actions at...

  • Netanyahu, Abdullah met in Amman over Jerusalem violence

    November 3, 2014 | 11:02 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordanian King Abdullah II reportedly met in Amman to discuss tension in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount.

    The secret meeting took place Saturday, the Kuwaiti Arabic-language daily Al-Jarida reported Monday, citing “well-informed...

  • Amid regional turmoil, Israel looks to its firm bond with Jordan

    October 22, 2014 | 10:34 am

    If there were a heat map showing instability in the Middle East, the area around most of Israel's borders would have turned a steadily deeper shade of red over the past few years.

    With attacks by Hezbollah from Lebanon, the threat from Islamic State and the Nusra Front in Syria...

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