Tag Archive for Jordan

Report: Jordan thwarts Iranian-planned terror plot

Jordanian security forces reported to have  arrested foreigner possessing 45 kg of high-grade explosives in ‘most serious case in a decade’. 

By Roi Kais


The Jordanian newspaper Al Rai reported Monday morning that Jordanian security forces had foiled a terror plot by a member of an Iranian-backed group.

Joint training by Jordanian and US militaries (Archive Photo: Getty Images)
Joint training by Jordanian and US militaries – Archive Photo: Getty Images

According to the report, the suspect belongs to the Iranian Bayt al-Maqdis group – which is unrelated to the identically named Egyptian group has recently changed its moniker sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group.

The suspect reportedly holds Iraqi and Norwegian citizenship, was arrested in northern Jordan, and found to be in possession of large amounts of explosives. Continue Reading »

Jordanian Report: Our ‘Brothers’ Abandoned Us, We Can Only Rely on Israel

Jordanian columnist expresses concern since Arab countries have totally abandon the Hashemite Kingdom on all levels, to the only consistent, reliable and overtly friendly country in the region, the ‘Devil’ Israel.

By Hillel Fendel


A Jordanian columnist is extremely concerned that Arab countries have turned their backs on the kingdom, pushing it straight into Israel’s lap.

In the April 12 edition of the Jordanian daily Al-Dustour, columnist Maher Abu Tair sheds light on what he calls the “sad” contemporary situation in which the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan finds itself.

He accuses Arab countries of turning their backs on Jordan and abandoning it, pushing Jordan totally into Israel’s economic and political lap.

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Jordan worried over Iranian Revolutionary Guard & Hezbollah fighters on its border

Al-Hayat reports: Jordanian foreign minister warns Tehran that the deployment of thousands of Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops & Hezbollah fighters along the Jordanian-Syrian border could undermine regional stability & spark a military clash.

By Daniel Siryoti, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff


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Hell on Earth: A Punishment Totally Devoid of Ethical Limitations

Based on a deductive legal principle of Sharia law, & documented in early Islamic sources, the burning alive of a human being is a well known method of eliminating enemies.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar


Islamic State publicized a horrifying twenty minute video this week, the high point of which was the execution of a Jordanian pilot, Maaz al-Kassasbeh, by burning him alive. The film attempts to justify the punishment by describing Jordan’s part in the war against ISIS, using photos of ISIS dead, including women, children, men and mainly those burned to death.

Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh – Screenshot from Islamic State insurgents video

The rest of the film has the pilot describing the involvement of the air forces of Jordan, United Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco and United States and notes that American planes take off from Turkish bases. Continue Reading »

Lieberman dismisses Jordan’s motion on Palestinian draft to UN as another ‘gimmick’



Israel’s FM Avigdor Lieberman: “It would be better if the Security Council dealt with matters truly important to the citizens of the world, such as the murderous attacks this week in Australia & Pakistan, or discuss events in Syria & Libya, and not waste time on the Palestinian’s gimmicks.”

By Reuters


Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday described as a gimmick a Palestinian-proposed UN Security Council draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within a year and an end to Israeli presence in territories Palestinians want for their future state by the end of 2017.

“Certainly this will not hasten an agreement because without Israel’s consent, nothing will change,” Lieberman said in a statement. Continue Reading »

Eilat Oil Spill Accident, Not ‘Foul Play’

As Israel struggles to contain 1,000 cubic meters of spilled oil caused by car accident, its fumes cause 80 Jordanians with trouble breathing to seek medical care.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


A major pipeline leak has caused oil to gush into the Arava desert in southern Israel threatening a protected nature reserve, officials said Thursday, as roughly 80 people over the Jordanian border sought medical care due to the fumes.

The incident took place roughly 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the Red Sea resort city of Eilat and 500 meters (yards) from the border with Jordan, closing the Arava highway from north of Eilat up to Ketura Junction.

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Jordan Condemns Israel for Police Response to Riots on Temple Mount

Jordan condemns the conduct of Israel Police personnel who responded to Arab rioters on the Temple Mount.

By Elad Benari, Canada


Hours after Arab rioters attacked Israeli security forces at the Temple Mount, Jordan criticized Israel on Wednesday over security forces’ conduct in reaction to the riots.

“The forces of the occupation … prevented religious officials entering (the compound) and cleared it of all Muslims, while at the same time enabling Jewish extremists to storm it, and pray with security forces protection,” government spokesman Mohammed Momeni said in a statement quoted by the AFP news agency.

He called on Israel to “stop its devastating campaign against the Al-Aqsa mosque, religious officials and worshippers,” slamming “police… firing bullets and bombs inside the compound, which injured dozens of people.” Continue Reading »

Former Jordanian MP: Jews Use Christian Blood in Matzos When Muslim Not Found For Slaughter

Watch Imbecilic Statement: Former Jordanian Parliament Member perpetuates the centuries old “matzah blood libel” in Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV interview.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


A former Jordanian member of parliament recently used the centuries old “matzah blood libel”, which claims that Jews use the blood of non-Jews to make matzah for Passover.

former Jordanian MP, Sheik Abd Al-Mun'im Abu Zant - Photo MEMRI

Former Jordanian MP, Sheik Abd Al-Mun’im Abu Zant – Photo: MEMRI/YouTube

The former Jordanian MP, Sheik Abd Al-Mun’im Abu Zant, made the comments in an interview which aired on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV on September 7 and in which he accused Jews of “cannibalism”.

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Jordan informs NATO that ISIS terrorists have infiltrated its borders

• UK ambassador: We’ll assist Jordan against foreseeable ISIS threats.
• Australia airlifts weapons to Kurdish fighters in Iraqi army.

By Eli Leon and Yoni Hirsch

After breaking the siege against the Iraqi Yazidi people atop Mount Sinjar, the Iraqi army and the U.S. air force have set off on a new mission — hitting Sunni militants who have besieged the Shiite Turkmen at the town of Amirli for two months.

Shiite militiamen patrol in Amirli, 105 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 – Photo: AP

Iraqi forces already made an incursion into the 12,000-person town on Sunday, backed by precise U.S.

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Abbas’s family desert the West Bank for Jordan

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ wife & grandchildren were among the family members who secretly traveled to Jordan recently.



Members of the family of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have secretly left Ramallah for Jordan, according to the online newspaper Rai Al-Youm.

amina abbas

Mahmoud Abbas and his wife Amina – Photo: REUTERS

“For the first time and secretly, all the members of President Abbas’s family have left to their residence in Amman,” the report said.

It said that Abbas’s wife and grandchildren were among the family members who left Ramallah recently.

The newspaper said that Mohamed Shehadeh, who is in charge of Abbas’s security detail, has decided to beef up security around the PA president’s office and residence in Ramallah. Continue Reading »

Salafi leader says Jordan may be next and destroying Israel is a priority


Mohammed al-Shalabi, a senior Salafi militant leader in Jordan, urges the kingdom to implement Shariah law & more balanced social policies.

Al-Shalabi also announced that fighting Israel is a priority for the Salafis: “One day Israel will be removed.”

By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


An al-Qaida-linked Jordanian militant leader warned on Friday that the kingdom was “not immune” to the chaos befalling neighboring countries, although he acknowledged that a Sunni extremist group’s recent declaration of a caliphate spanning Syria and Iraq was threatening to divide the jihadi movement.

Senior Jordanian Salafi movement leader Mohammed al-Shalab – Photo: AP

Mohammed al-Shalabi, a senior leader of ultraconservative Muslims known as Salafis in Jordan, told The Associated Press that the fighting between rival militant factions in Syria already has already undermined the battle against President Bashar Assad.

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Report: U.S. & Israel committed to help Jordan fight ISIS if attacked

US officials reported as saying Jordan could ask Jerusalem and the U.S. for assistance if the Islamist insurgents pursue a military assault on the Hashemite Kingdom.



Israel and the US may be prepared to aid Jordan as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) eyes the Jewish state’s eastern neighbor, The Daily Beast on Saturday quoted US officials as saying.

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Jordanian special forces stage anti-terrorism drill in Amman. – Photo: REUTERS

US officials speaking on condition of anonymity have speculated that if ISIS were to pursue a full-on assault on Jordan, Amman might not be able to repel the Islamists. Continue Reading »

Eilat hotels looking for Jordanians to fill needed jobs

Proposal for Jordanian manpower is meant to address an acute shortage of hotel workers that has left the tourism sector on the verge of collapse, report hoteliers.


A proposal in the works would allow hotels in Eilat to hire up to 1,500 workers from neighboring Jordan, amid a shortage of hospitality employees in Israel’s southernmost city.

Eilat workers

African migrants at work in an Eilat hotel. Since the dismissal of thousands of African employees, the resort city has had an acute shortage of manpower. – Photo: Olivier Fitousi

Tourism Minister Uzi Landau and Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar intend to hand the proposal to the cabinet on Sunday.

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Jordan Condemns Israel for Permitting Jews to Ascend on Temple Mount

Jordan condemns Israel’s heavy deployment of  police and IDF soldiers at the Temple Mount, claiming Israel is in violation of int’l law.

By Elad Benari, Canada



The Temple Mount became Jewish again on Tuesday, and Jordan didn’t like it.

Temple organizations reported Tuesday morning that about 400 Jews had ascended to the Mount in the morning hours, and that police allowed them in without undue delays.

Jews pray on Temple Mount

Jews pray on Temple Mount – Temple Mount HQ

Muslim worshippers, who often harass Jews on the Mount, were not allowed in because police and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) had received intelligence about “malicious intentions” and Islamist incitement calling on Arabs to riot and prevent the Jews from entering. Continue Reading »

Archaeologists in Jordan uncover Roman inscription about Bar Kochba Revolt

Roman Fort found in southern Jordan housed garrison to vanquish the Jews during the Bar Kokhba revolt (132–136 CE), in the Judea Province.


Four years after starting to dig up an ancient Roman outpost in southern Jordan, a team of archaeologists from Tennessee found a unique, and well-preserved, inscription on a rock – revealing that the site is the previously unknown base of a Roman infantry unit involved in crushing the Bar-Kochba rebellion.

The 'Ayn Gharandal inscription (Robert Darby)

The Ayn Gharandal inscription, above the collapsed gate to the Roman fort. – Photo: Robert Darby

The outpost, ‘Ayn Gharandal, lies beneath the dunes around 70 km north of present-day Aqaba, the Jordanian resort city on the Red Sea, and 40 km southwest of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra.

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