By Adam Garfinkle
The ancient photograph of the Arab-Israeli clash is one in all antagonists locked in mortal fight, the 2 facets implacably adverse towards one another. even though exact this snapshot will be for the main half, Israel's courting with Jordan has been an immense exception. From the tip of worldwide conflict I in the course of the ragings of the Palestinian rebellion of the overdue Nineteen Eighties, the Zionist flow and the Hashemite dynasty have chanced on themselves with many key pursuits in universal. a few of these were political on the optimum point - either have feared radical Arab nationalism - the Palestinian type particularly - and, extra lately, spiritual fundamentalism. Others have developed from residing in shut proximity - for instance, sharing scarce water assets and facilitating the together invaluable circulate of individuals and items. over the years the political and useful points of Israeli-Jordanian ties have commingled discreetly to a much more huge measure than all yet a couple of observers relish.
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Then he asked Farago in a meaningfully lower voice if he had put his opinion before the High Commissioner for Palestine. A bit later in the conversation, Abdallah openly condemned terrorism and, of the Arab Revolt itself, he expressed pessimism that it would either end soon or accomplish anything positive. He said to Farago: Very difficult, a peaceful solution is almost impossible. We are not concerned anymore with organized bands but with certain elements from the lower strata of the population.
This unintentionally profound remark applies quite weIl to the history of Israeli-Jordanian ties. It is true, just as it seems, that Hashemite Jordan and Zionist Israel have been, and remain, enemies. Astate of war exists between them, their mutual border is fortified on both sides, and their militaries plan strategies directed at the other. Their statesmen criticize, warn, and threaten one another like adversaries typically do, and common people on both sides of the frontier fear the common people on the other side.
The negotiations were suspended and never resumed, for Abdallah was assassinated in July 1951 by a hired thug ofthe Husseini clan. Although the peace negotiations stalled, other forms of Israeli-Jordanian cooperation continued on. In 1950 and in 1951 the United Nations insisted on discussing the status of Jerusalem, which was supposed to have been internationalized in 1948. Gideon Raphael notes that Israel and Jordan, through Jordanian UN representative Fawzi Mulki, kept in close touch because each had an interest in maintaining the status quo and in opposing UN efforts to reopen the question.