Tag Archive for Israel Jordan

Jordan considers following Lebanon banning ‘Wonder Woman’ over Israeli star


Jordan’s Communications Commission is considering banning “Wonder Woman” because the leading actress Gal Gadot, served in the Israel Defense Forces, ignoring the Hashemite Kingdom signed a peace agreement with Israel in 1994, allowing them to gain vital intelligence from the IDF on a wide range of military matters.



Jordan is considering banning the film “Wonder Woman” because star Gal Gadot served in the Israel Defense Forces.

Jordan’s Communications Commission is currently reviewing the film to determine whether it meets the country’s standards and laws, the Israeli news website Ynet reported.

The review comes in the wake of Lebanon’s decision to ban the film as part of its total boycott of all things Israeli. Continue Reading »

Jordan: ‘Jews storm, defile Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel responsible’


A Hashemite Kingdom spokesman condemns Israelis celebrating Jerusalem Day events, singing & dancing, defines them as ‘settlers desecration of place’s sanctity, harming feelings of Muslims throughout world’.

By Mordechai Sones


The Jordanian government yesterday (Wednesday) strongly condemned the presence of Jews in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and Jewish activities there. It referred to Jerusalem Day events, during which 15 Jews who had bowed in prayer down were detained, while others sang Hatikvah.

AntiSemite Abbas spews hatred and incitement against Jews – PMW:YouTube screenshot

According to the Jordanian government’s announcement, this is a blatant Israeli attack by allowing extremists to “storm” the Al-Aqsa Mosque in what is termed “a desecration of the sanctity of the place and an insult to the feelings of Muslims all over the world, reported Ynet. Continue Reading »

Jordan grants release to jailed soldier who murdered 7 Israeli schoolgirls in 1997



Three years after Israel & Jordan signed their historic peace treaty, Jordanian soldier Ahmed Daqamseh opened fire on 8th-grade Israeli schoolgirls killing seven and wounding another five.
• Daqamseh escaped death penalty when the Jordanian military tribunal ruled he was mentally unstable.

By News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff


A Jordanian soldier who in 1997 killed seven Israeli schoolgirls was released Sunday after serving 20 years in prison.

The attack took place on March 13, 1997, when Cpl. Ahmed Daqamseh of the Jordanian army opened fire on a group of seventh- and eighth-grade Israeli schoolgirls visiting the Island of Peace, a joint Israeli-Jordanian tourist resort under Jordanian rule. Continue Reading »

Israel makes history as it becomes an energy exporter


Jordan has increased its economic ties to Israel by beginning to import natural gas, as part of its 2014 deal to purchase 2 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

By i24NEWS


An Israeli company said Thursday it has started exporting gas from an offshore field to Jordan, marking the country’s first ever exports of natural gas.

The exports to Jordan began in January, Delek Drilling — part of a consortium leading the development of Israel’s offshore gas reserves — recently told AFP.

There was no formal announcement at the time but it is the first time Israel has ever exported natural gas, a company spokeswoman said. Continue Reading »

Israel’s historic gas deal with Jordan completed, now the Cyprus, Greece pipeline


Israel’s Energy minister Steinitz is set to meet with his Greek and Cypriot counterparts in Athens on Wednesday to begin talks on laying pipeline for gas exports to Europe.


After the Leviathan gas reservoir partners signed a massive deal with Jordan, Israel is now looking to lay a pipeline to Cyprus and Greece, so Israeli gas can be exported there and to other European countries, National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz said Tuesday.

Map showing planned pipelines running from Israel’s Levianthan natural gas rig into Jordan

Steinitz, speaking to reporters before the weekly cabinet meeting that was pushed from Sunday to Tuesday because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in the US, related to Monday’s announcement of a massive gas deal with Jordan, saying it was an “historic” day for the country, because for the first time in its history it became an energy exporter. Continue Reading »

Israel energy consortium signs $10 billion gas deal with Jordan


The Delek energy group just signed a 15 year deal that will see the sale of Israel’s natural gas worth $10 billion to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

By The Associated Press


Israel’s Delek Group, one of the developers of the country’s biggest natural gas reservoir, says it has signed a deal to sell gas to neighboring Jordan.

Delek Drilling CEO Yossi Abu – Photo source: Ynet

The agreement, announced Monday, would provide 45 billion cubic meters (1.6 trillion cubic feet) of gas to Jordan over 15 years. Delek says revenues could amount to $10 billion.

Delek Drilling CEO Yossi Abu hailed the “historic” deal and said developers of the Leviathan reservoir would pursue similar agreements with others in the region, including Egypt, Turkey and the Palestinian Authority. Continue Reading »

Jordan arrests terrorist entering Israel with petrol bombs


REPORT: Jordanian border security detained a man who sought to enter Israel with a car carrying petrol bombs.

Arutz Sheva Staff


Jordanian border guards on Tuesday arrested a man as he tried to enter Israel in a car containing petrol bombs, an official said, according to AFP.

He was detained after ignoring orders at a checkpoint and trying to drive through roadblocks leading to the border, the source told the news agency, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The source added the car was seized and found to contain petrol bombs which the driver had “intended to use illegally”. Continue Reading »

Jordan official worried Eilat’s new Ramon Int’l Airport will hurt its tourism

Israel assures Jordan that its concerns that the new Eilat area airport may cause disruptions to its air corridors, due to close proximity to King Hussein Int’l Airport north of Aqaba, pose no safety risks, since Israel will abide by ICAO regulations.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


A new airport planned by Israel near its border with Jordan is clouding the usually businesslike relationship the two neighbors have built since making peace in 1994.

Due to open next April, Ilan and Assaf Ramon Airport at Timna will be 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Jordan’s King Hussein International Airport. They will serve Eilat and Aqaba, the adjacent Israeli and Jordanian resort cities on the Red Sea. Continue Reading »

Jordanian Parliamentarian: The Jordanian people oppose peace treaty with Israel


In an interview on Arab TV based in the UK, the Jordanian House Speaker commented about his decision to ban the participation of an Israeli delegation to the 2016 Women in Parliaments Global Forum in Amman.



Jordanian House Speaker, Atef Tarawneh, has stated that the Jordanian parliament, which represents the Jordanian people, adamantly disagrees with the government over the peace treaty with Israel.

Atef Tarawneh‏

Atef Tarawneh‏ – Screenshot

In an interview with the London-based TV channel Al-Ghad, on Friday, Tarawneh commented about his decision to ban the participation of an Israeli delegation in the 2016 Women in Parliaments Global Forum, which took place in Amman last week. Continue Reading »

IDF general admits Israel assisting Arab allies fight ISIS


Speaking to Foreign Press Association in Jerusalem, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, revealed for the first time, that the IDF was providing intelligence assistance to Egypt & Jordan in their fight against ISIS.

By Reuters


“Israel provides Jordan and Egypt with intelligence assistance in their fight against ISIS,” the IDF deputy chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, said on Wednesday, describing the US backed Arab neighbors as stable despite the insurgent threat.

Jordanian soldiers – Photo: EPA

Egypt made peace with Israel in 1979, followed by Jordan in 1994. They are the only Arab countries to have treaties with Israel, a matter unpopular with many Egyptians and Jordanians and which generally keeps Amman and Cairo quiet about the ties.  Continue Reading »

Jordanian parliament interdicts Israelis from acquiring real estate in Petra


The new legislation differentiates between Israelis and all other foreign investor, forbidding only Israelis from buying or renting real estate anywhere in the Petra region.



The Jordanian parliament passed a law prohibiting the sale and rent of real estate in the ancient city of Petra to Israeli citizens, following increasing reports of Israelis buying land in the city, the Jordanian daily al-Rai reported Tuesday.

The law differentiates between Israeli and other foreign investors, banning Israelis from renting or buying real estate in the entire Petra region, while allowing others to invest in land located outside Petra Archeological Park. Continue Reading »

Jordanian diplomat nabbed smuggling into Israel month after EU diplomat caught


Jordanian diplomat caught ‘red-handed’ sneaking smartphones and gold bars through border with Israel, just a month after EU diplomat caught with near identical contraband.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Customs inspectors caught a Jordanian diplomat red handed trying to sneak dozens of kilograms of gold and hundreds of smartphones into Israel, in a near identical incident to a smuggling attempt in the car of a European Union (EU) representative just a month ago.

Smuggled smartphones – Photo: Courtesy Israel Tax Authority

In the thwarted smuggling on Sunday, Israeli inspectors at the Allenby Bridge Crossing on the Jordan border near Jericho found the illegal goods in the private car of a Jordanian diplomat who serves at the Jordanian embassy, as he crossed in to Israel.
Continue Reading »

Jordanian authorities arrested shop owner for defiling Israeli flag


The Jordanian shop owner was charged with ‘insulting & injuring relations with a friendly country’ after painting an Israeli flag outside his store for customers to wipe their shoes on.

By Cynthia Blank


Jordanian authorities have arrested a shop owner from the northern city of Irbid after he painted an Israeli flag outside his store for customers to purposely step on upon entering.

Jordanians burn Israeli flag – Reuters

The purported idea behind the flag was to express hostility toward the Jewish state in solidarity with the the recent wave of Arab terror attacks against Israelis.

The owner of the shop, Abed al-Fattah Ja’roun, 60, was charged with disrupting relations with a friendly country. Continue Reading »

Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot dismissed for refusing to visit Israel




A Jordanian pilot reportedly been discharged from the Hashemite kingdom’s air force after he refused to visit Israel as part of a joint military venture between the two neighboring countries.

An honor guard marches at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan. – Photo: REUTERS

Social media users on the east bank of the Jordan were outraged on Wednesday after hearing the news that Majdi al-Samdi, a pilot in the Royal Jordanian Air Force, was dismissed from active duty by his commanders after notifying them that he would not be participating in a military delegation to Israel. Continue Reading »

Israel, Jordan issue $800m tender for joint Red-Dead canal project


Red-Dead project pipeline is expected to be 180 kilometers long, pass through both Israeli & Jordanian territory, include a desalination plant producing 80 million cubes of potable water a year, and two hydro-power plants, beside preventing the Dead Sea from drying up.

By i24news


Israel and Jordan are pushing forward with a plan to construct a water-carrying canal from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea with the hopes that it will help stop the Dead Sea from shrinking further.

Silvan Shalom (left) and his Jordanian counterpart Hazim Nasser seen during a signing ceremony between Jordan and Israel in Jordan on February 26, 2015 – Photo: Haim Zach/GPO

The $800 million tender to build the canal, which the two governments also hope will help supply drinking water to Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians, was announced by Interior Minister Silvan Shalom and Jordanian Water Minister Hazim Nasser on Monday. Continue Reading »