Israel Might Act to Safeguard Jordan

Mideast-Jordan-Israel_HoroWith the Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIS) knocking at the doorsteps of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and the Iraqi army withdrawing its troops from the only border crossing between Iraq and Jordan, Israel is beginning to feel the heat generated by the successful campaigns of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq. Jordan has hitherto served as a crucial buffer shielding Israel from a spillover of mayhem created by the Sunni-Muslim extremist terrorist group, whose leader has proclaimed the new caliphate.

Al Jazeera reported (June 30, 2014) that ISIS, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria, has announced the establishment of a “caliphate” straddling the two countries, and urged other groups to pledge their allegiance. In an audio recording released earlier by ISIS, it declared its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to be “the caliph” and the leader of Muslim believers everywhere.

In the meantime, supporters of ISIS are multiplying in the city of Maan, the capital of the southern region of Jordan. Maan is 104 kilometers (approximately 62 miles) away from Israel’s southern tip of Eilat and about 60 kilometers (36 miles) from the Arava Road (Highway 60) which connects Jerusalem and central Israel with Eilat.  The IS appears to have no active presence in this desert town south of the capital, Amman, but its image is growing, its ideology gaining traction, and its appeal extending beyond those who would take up arms and don suicide vests. The people here, especially the many unemployed young men, have celebrated the Islamic State victories.

Across the Arab world, the drive for democratic change has stalled, at least for now, and in its place we have seen a resurgence of strongmen such as Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and Islamic militants (IS), both selling the promise of stability and order as counterpoints to the tumult that followed the Arab Spring. In the Sunni-Muslim world moreover, the victories of the ISin Iraq against the Shiite-led Iraqi army, and the imagery of a rejuvenated caliphate is a formidable factor.

The threat to the Hashemite Kingdom is not only external, it is internal as well. The city of Maan is a case and point. Unemployment, police repression, and economic neglect have fueled resentment toward King Abdullah and the monarchy and, conversely, growing support for the Islamist IS. The Jordanian army has been deployed on three fronts. On the Jordanian-Syrian border, the Jordanian army is poised to push back a possible incursion of President Bashar Assad’s Syrian army. The Assad regime seeks to stop Jordanian support for Syrian rebels in southern Syria. The other front is the Jordanian-Iraqi border, where the Jordanian army is deployed to prevent the incursion of IS forces.

The third concentration of Jordanian forces is in the capital of Amman itself, where the Jordanian troops ring the city to protect the monarchy and the king. The fear in Amman as well as in Washington and Jerusalem is that support for the IS may spread to other cities across Jordan, and may eventually result in an internal armed uprising, which will necessitate either US or Israeli intervention to save King Abdullah’s pro-Western rule, and the peace between Jordan and Israel.

Precedents for the US and Israel coming to Jordan’s aid already exists. In September 1970, during King Hussein’s rule, the monarchy was in danger of collapsing under pressure from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) which had built a virtual state within a state. The PLO hijacked several international flights and brought the passengers and planes to Dawson airfield in Jordan. On September 17, 1970, Hussein’s forces successfully suppressed the Palestinians, but it led to a Syrian invasion into northwestern Jordan on September 19, which threatened to reach Amman.  Hussein begged for a western bombing campaign against the invading Syrians. The US was, at the time, involved in the Vietnam War and had meager and insufficient forces in the Mediterranean region. The US then turned to Israel for a quick response, and Israel rushed large numbers of forces to the Golan and Beit Shaan Valley. The Israeli move deterred the Syrians from moving forward and they withdrew their forces from Jordan. The Syrians, recalling their defeat by Israel three years earlier, did not want to risk a confrontation with the IDF.

Al-Manar, Hezbollah’s mouthpiece, reported on June 28, 2014 that “The Zionist entityhas said that it would be willing to take military action in neighboring Jordan to protect it from attacks by the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group, dubbed as ISIS, which has been sweeping across northern parts of Iraq and Syria in a violent bid to create its unilaterally-declared own state.” According to the Daily Beast(DB) website (6/27/2014), “Obama administration officials told Senators in a classified briefing this week that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) also has its eyes on Jordan; in fact, its jihadists are already Tweeting out photos and messages claiming a key southern town (Maan) in Jordan already belongs to them.” The DB added, “The concern was that Jordan could not repel a full assault from ISIS on its own at this point, said one senator, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Another Senate staff member said the US officials who briefed the members responded to the question of what Jordan’s leaders would do if they faced a military onslaught from ISIS by saying: They will ask Israel and the United States for as much help as they can get.”

The US, Jordan and Israel already share military intelligence, and the US has also placed batteries of Patriot missiles as well as squadrons of F-16s in Jordan. Additionally, the US has a contingency force of US troops ready under the command of Brig. General Dennis McKean, also known as Centcom – Forward Jordan. Gen. McKean has been in direct contact with Israel’s Chief-of-Staff, Lt. General Benny Gantz and Israel’s Air Force commander, Gen. Amir Eshel.

Concerned with the gains made by ISIS/IS, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday (June 29, 2014) that Israel would maintain security in the Jordan Valley regardless of peace talks with the Palestinians. Netanyahu also announced that Israel plans to build a security barrier along the Jordanian border that would stretch from Eilat to the Golan Heights.  Following a meeting with German Foreign Minister Walter Steinmeier (6/30/2014), Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared that “Jordan’s stability is in Israel’s national interest, and Israel is ready to do whatever it takes to defend it.”

Israel’s current military bout with Hamas in Gaza, notwithstanding, the Jewish state is determined to preserve the integrity of King Abdullah’s Jordanian monarchy. Jordan is the one Arab state that is moderate, pro-Western, and has solidly maintained the peace treaty with Israel.

It is clear that having a friendly state on its long and sensitive eastern border is critical for Israel, especially in view of the mounting threats from a resurgent ISIS/IS. Israel will therefore act when necessary to safeguard Jordan.

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  • Terry

    Israel’s defence of Jordan should be contingent upon Jordan agreeing to take all pretend pali occupiers of Jewish land in Israel, including Judea and Samaria.

    • Americana

      Oh, yes, now that’s a plant that’s going to work a treat! You just don’t get it, Jordan can’t arbitrarily say all you Palestinians, get inside Jordan’s borders because you’re Jordanians now. Israel also isn’t in a position to keep trying to keep the Palestinians stateless and trying to have you proxy Israelis pretend that the Palestinians have no claims to land in that region.

      • Americana

        There goes the darn spell check again… Plant >>> PLAN.

      • Gee

        Hey moron – they are JORDANIAN citizens. Have been since 1950. Yes we can do it

        • Taimoor Khan

          No.

    • Drakken

      Ole King Hussein tried that in the early 70′s, the ingrate pali’s then tried to over throw him, Hussein then went after them with a very bloody vengeance and killed over 20,000 of them and threw out the rest, Arafat was lucky to survive and fled like the coward he was. The pali’s will inspire their own demise and destruction all by themselves.

    • Taimoor Khan

      Nope. You can go back to Russia, India, and Ethiopia, Palestinians will stay in their ancestral land.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    The only problem I see is the danger for the Hashemite King of Jordan who will have the eternal hatred of Muslims for his alliance with Israel. There is always the threat of assassination to the King and Israeli intervention will raise the danger exponentially.

    • Drakken

      Abdullah isn’t his father Hussein that is for sure, Hussein would have stomped on this nonsense a long time ago, just like when those pali savages tried to overthrow him, he eliminated over 20,000 in the process and that is what Abdullah needs to do, or he is going to loose his kingdom to the lower savages.

      • 1Indioviejo1

        I agree with you, I believe that Abdullah will act when the issue is pressed on him. The IDF and Mossad will also intervene as a last resort.

        • Drakken

          That is why there are over a thousand of us contractors inside Jordan as we speak, Abdullah at this point can’t even trust his own people.

    • Americana

      Interesting that Israel finds that Jordan is a reliable Muslim ally… Hmmmm. I guess it’s possible to have peace treaties w/certain Muslims.

      • 1Indioviejo1

        Nations don’t have friends, they have common interest. If Abdullah is assassinated the Muslims in Jordan will conspire with the rest of the Mohammedans to destroy Israel. So Jordan is a reliable ally for now…

      • ObamaYoMoma

        To you…a mental incompetent…he is a Muslim. To Muslims he’s an apostate ruler just like his father. Which also is the reason why he is on the ISIS list.

        • CaoMoo

          pretty much dead on

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Jordan has hitherto served as a crucial buffer shielding Israel from a spillover of mayhem created by the Sunni-Muslim extremist terrorist group, whose leader has proclaimed the new caliphate.

    I hate to rain on this clueless writer’s parade, but the jihadists that comprise ISIS aren’t any more or any less extreme than the millions of Muslims that have migrated to America for the nefarious purposes of mass Muslim infiltration of our society and for demographic conquest. As all mainstream orthodox Muslims in the world, as opposed to just so-called radicals, extremists, and Islamists, per the dictates of Islam, are jihadists, i.e., Mujahideen (holy warriors), in one form or another, either violent or non-violent. As waging jihad, which is a holy war waged by all Muslims against all infidels in the cause of Allah to ultimately make Islam supreme, is a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in the world.

    The only people still naive enough to believe that jihadists, whether of the violent variety or the non-violent variety, are extremists, radicals, and Islamists that comprise only a tiny minority of the Muslim community in the world, are people that were also naïve enough to believe that Islam is a so-called “religion of peace”.

    Nonetheless, Islam, more than it is anything else, is actually an extremely rabid and draconian form of totalitarianism that seeks world domination, as opposed to being just a so-called religion. Thus, just like in the old Communist Soviet Union where all non-conformers were sent to the Soviet Gulags, in Islam all non-conformers are routinely executed for apostasy and blasphemy per the dictates of Islam.

    Indeed, we are going on 13 years since 9/11, and thus it is time for this writer and many other writers as well to get with the program.

    Moreover, the Islamic totalitarian world relative to the infidel world is a basket case that can never hope to defeat the infidel world via military force. However, via mass Muslim infiltration of our societies and strategic demographic conquest, both forms of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, the Islamic totalitarian world most certainly can defeat the infidel world.

    In fact, unless something very drastic happens in the near term, several Euroloon countries in Europe will become Muslim majority countries in the second half of this century through strategic demographic conquest, which again is a form of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad.

    Hence, mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage, because it is really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad for the nefarious purposes of mass Muslim infiltration of our societies and for demographic conquest, represents an exponentially far greater threat to the infidel world at large relative to all the violent jihadists in the world combined.

    Thus, those people blowing the threat emanating from the emergence of ISIS way out of proportion to the actual threat involved, don’t have the first fricking clue.

    • Americana

      Consider your own parade rained upon big time since, if Muslims were performing stealth jihad as ferociously as you so vociferously claim, there would be far more Muslim men shipping out to join jihadist forces, there would be millions more in funding being directed at Muslim charities, etc.

      I’m still waiting for you to supply the name of your book so we can all read it.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Waging non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad ferociously? Really? You are a complete and utter moron.

        So according to you, they would abandon their objectives of mass Muslim infiltration and eventual demographic conquest, which represents an exponentially far greater threat to the infidel world at large relative to all the violent jihadists in the world combined, in order to go fight jihad in Iraq on the side of ISIS. You are amazingly mentally handicapped.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Across the Arab world, the drive for democratic change has stalled, at least for now,

    The hope for democratic change throughout the Islamic totalitarian world is a fantasy based pipe dream of people like this writer who still believe that Islam is a so-called “religion of peace” and that terrorists are radicals, extremists, and assorted Islamists that constitute only a tiny minority of the Muslim community throughout the world.

    In other words, they don’t have the first fricking clue.

    Nonetheless, it is incumbent upon Israel to do all it can to protect the Hashemite Kingdom in Jordan, since if it falls Israel will have another Sharia, i.e., Islamic totalitarian hellhole on its door step. Of course, economically it will inevitably be just a basket case exactly like all other Islamic totalitarian hellholes. So it won’t exactly be a deal breaker for Israel.

  • Habbgun

    So Israel learned nothing from Lebanon or the “peace” treaty with Egypt. It can’t control the Islamists. If it takes on allies it must be sure the allies are strong and Israel can’t leave her allies to their fates the way they left the Christian militias in Lebanon. Stand together through all or not at all. Egypt can go Islamist at any time and it can’t be trusted. Rather than getting involved in Jordan how about getting the Palestinians uninvolved with the West Bank. Time for them to go just like it was time for them to leave Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.

  • tickletik

    They need a better name for themselves than “ISIS”.

    • fpm

      A.$.$.? Arab Socialist Society.

  • winstons

    But Obama wants Jordan to fall….just like Libya, Syria, Egypt and Iraq.

  • Lujack Skylark

    Psalms 83 war is coming where the Jihadist from Iraq, the Golan Heights, Lebanon, Gaza, the Salafist in Jordan and Al-Qaeda in Sinai all attack Israel and perish. (Psalms 83:17)

  • Taimoor Khan

    Shame on Jordan.

    • UCSPanther

      It ain’t the days before the Six Day War anymore, and Gamal Nasser is long dead…

    • Drakken

      Pizz off raghead!

  • http://senatormark4.org senatormark4

    Waste of time, money, and blood…at least 10% of his “subjects” are already handing out candy for ISIS victories. Israeli warplanes will only move that statistic in one direction! BOZO

    REVELATION 17:17 covers your eyes.

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