Egypt’s Israeli-Hamas deal further shakes Jordan’s Hashemite throne

The Hamas activists who spearhead radical Muslim Brotherhood opposition to Jordan’s King Abdullah were encouraged by Israel’s consent to the deal with Gaza’s Hamas rulers that was brokered by Egypt. They concluded from Israel’s avoidance of a large-scale military operation that their Gazan brothers’ terrorist tactics had bested the IDF’s renowned military and intelligence capabilities. They are contemplating borrowing those tactics to give the already shaky Hashemite throne in Amman a final push.

On the throne for 20 years, the 57-year old monarch’s low spirits raised alarm in Western circles during his visit to Washington in early March. King Abdullah turned down every Middle East project put before him, especially President Donald Trump’s Israel-Palestinian peace plan, when they were presented by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the president’s special advisers Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt. The gloomy Jordanian King told them all not to count on him for any kind of cooperation in implementing US policies in the region.

On March 29, when Gaza was on the brink of tipping over into a major clash, the Muslim Brotherhood quietly scored a victory by pushing through the Jordanian parliament for the first time a motion voiding the natural gas contract signed with Israel by the Jordanian electricity company. In an attempt to save the deal, the royal court referred the issue to the Jordanian constitutional court for a final ruling. The Gazan Hamas’ long arm had clearly reached the Brotherhood in Jordan and succeeded in inflicting a disastrous blow to the kingdom’s economy.

King Abdullah has been trying to ward of the extremists’ threats by distancing Amman from Washington and Jerusalem. He has publicly slammed the Trump administration’s policies in the region and taken the lead in the campaign against Israel over Temple Mount and Jerusalem.

For many years, King Abdullah counted heavily on military, intelligence and economic support to keep his kingdom afloat and stable. But now, when he is more in need of a helping hand than ever before, he is separating himself from his champions.
Two big perils are becoming uncomfortably acute:

  1. The deepening economic crisis and attendant shortages have made the population as a whole restive and antagonized the middle class which was one of the throne’s main props. Bedouin tribes, another important prop, have turned against the throne and are joining opposition protests against the king.
  2. The evolving pact between Iran and two of Jordan’s neighbors, Iraq and Syria, is bringing large Iraqi militias under Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ command to Jordan’s back door. Abdullah has no doubt that his throne is seen as a major obstacle in the path of Iran’s expansionist drive and is therefore dispensable. As matters stand, he is running out of defenders for his kingdom against this oncoming storm after turning away from Washington and Jerusalem.
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20 thoughts on “Egypt’s Israeli-Hamas deal further shakes Jordan’s Hashemite throne

  • Apr 1, 2019 @ 16:49 at 16:49
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    Clearly, now that DEBKA has revealed more information. One can see that the main target all along was the King of Jordan to radicalize another Geopolitical 4th Front on Israel Borders. Hizbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, Syrian Golan Heights Border and now Jordan leaving only the Sinai and Mediterranean Sea remaining free. All from Iranian Machinations of Oil Money that will undoubtedly leave the Middle East Nations in Atomic Ashes sooner or later? Iran Leadership is the source of such force and will reap the Whirlwinds of War.

    • Apr 1, 2019 @ 19:56 at 19:56
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      more satanic terrorist threats from the idolatrous suicide bombers of the antichrist state. got it. check

    • Apr 1, 2019 @ 21:28 at 21:28
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      iran ve rusya ortak aile olan akraba olan hint-avrupa dil ailesi olan ortak ailedir akrabalardır

    • Apr 2, 2019 @ 13:09 at 13:09
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      Sinai isn’t free either: it’s infested with ISIS.

  • Apr 1, 2019 @ 17:19 at 17:19
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    So what? Piece of cake for the IDF…they can handle it.One front or 4 doesn”t matter.Time will tell.By the way the Egypts can always mediate…..for truce number 1…

    • Apr 1, 2019 @ 21:18 at 21:18
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      mantıklı olan her musevi her protestan her evanjelist her yahudi allahın sonsuz bilinmez büyüklüğünü anlaması için şu gökyüzünün nasıl direksiz engelsiz durduğunu düşünmelidir allahın büyüklüğünden korkması bakımından üstelik bu gökyüzünün üstünde daha 6 kat daha gökyüzü direksiz temelsiz ayakta durdurlmuştur mantıklı olan allahın büyüklüğünden ders almalı müslüman olma için araştırmalaı sorgulamalı sevgili israil halkı

      • Apr 1, 2019 @ 21:24 at 21:24
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        iran ve rusya hint-avrupa ülkesi olan uzaktan akraba komşu dost ülkelerdir bunu iyi bilin

    • Apr 1, 2019 @ 21:30 at 21:30
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      kendi halkının güvenliğini düşünmeyen netanyahuya oy vermeyin allah rızası için

  • Apr 1, 2019 @ 18:24 at 18:24
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    King needs to make very important decisions quickly, does he want to fight now to keep throne or attempt to hang on, lose it next year.

    • Apr 1, 2019 @ 19:23 at 19:23
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      What “king”? There is no king here, only maximum a baron who thinks without shame of Judea and Samaria as same sort of West Bank. He’s allegedly taking about some sort of nonexistent “Palestine”.

      And he is allegedly concerned with Israel’s territory and internal affairs, but he’s not able to control and administrate his (pretended) territory and internal affairs.

    • Apr 1, 2019 @ 21:22 at 21:22
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      sevgili israil halkı sizin güvenliğini düşünmeyen israili ortadoğuda savaşa sürükleyen katil netanyahuya oy vermeyin

  • Apr 1, 2019 @ 19:59 at 19:59
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    The IDF may win, but losing Jordan is one step closer to a war, though inevitable, and it’s not good for the IDF to have to address, if avoidable. It’s not a matter of if, but when. Israel will continue to grow stronger and it’s enemies will continue to build up until there is a tipping point, but the Iranians still have a fundamentally flawed strategy based upon their ego. Any support from an Arab country is only from the minority and should be considered fleeting as conditions change on the ground. Once the tipping point occurs, it’s pretty clear the Arabs will quickly lose territory, again, but who will fill the void in the expansive watesland of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and potnetially Jordan, once it is done?

  • Apr 1, 2019 @ 21:20 at 21:20
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    sevgili israil halkı ortadoğuyu kana bulayan ve doymayan rüşvetçi olan netanyahuya oy vermeyin

    • Apr 2, 2019 @ 2:11 at 2:11
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      To win you take out the head! Goodbye Iran.

  • Apr 1, 2019 @ 21:31 at 21:31
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    kendi halkının parasını kendi kişisel zengin eden katil israile netanyahuya oy vermeyin

  • Apr 2, 2019 @ 0:14 at 0:14
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    you smell that?

    there are turks lurking…

    • Apr 2, 2019 @ 2:27 at 2:27
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      Yes, there are big issues with Erdogan after these elections!
      Where will he take refuge, Iran, Rusia, Europe, nobody knows yet.

  • Apr 2, 2019 @ 16:05 at 16:05
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    Jordan is Palestine and always was! As far as Jordan being ruled by the Hashemites; it was Britain and Suadi Arabia who set Jordan up and not Allah!

  • Apr 2, 2019 @ 22:51 at 22:51
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    the Jordanian king will end up deposed….he isn’t a fraction of the man his father was (saying this as pro-Israeli)
    and his his whole placating everybody shtick and driving away the Israelis who the Egyptians Saudis and UAE are getting closer with is a regressive stance that also makes him look weak

    He isn’t royal material, Israel should withhold all intel on attempts on his life…let the terrorists kill each other

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