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Newly elected Israeli President Isaac Herzog seen at the Israeli Knesset on the day of the presidential elections, in Jerusalem, June 2, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli president, Jordanian king meet in Amman to discuss mutual ties

Israeli President Isaac Herzog met with Jordan’s King Abdullah last week at the king’s palace in Amman. The two leaders discussed “core issues in the dialogue between our states,” including an agreement to import agricultural...
Naharayim in northern Israel on the border with Jordan, Feb. 3, 2020. Photo by Anat Hermony/Flash90.

Report: Jordanian intelligence foils ISIS attack on IDF troops

Jordanian intelligence agents have thwarted a potential Islamic State attack on Israeli troops on the border the two countries share, Jordanian daily Al Ra’i reported on Tuesday. According to the report, Jordanian intelligence agents uncovered the plot...
Jordan's King Abdullah in 2018. Credit: Alexandros Michailidis/Shutterstock.

Are Israel and Jordan ready to turn over a new leaf?

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has often described his country as being wedged between a “rock and a hard place,” referring to war-torn Iraq and the Israeli-controlled areas west of the Jordan River. And that...
Portraits of the late King Hussein of Jordan (left) and his son, King Abdullah. Credit: Amnat30/Shutterstock.

US, Israel appear moving to bolster Jordan amid concerns over economic, social stability

The United State and Israel appear to be moving to bolster relations with Jordan as part of an effort to shore up Jordan’s King Abdullah amid concerns over his country’s stability. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair...
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks during a faction meeting in the Knesset, June 21, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel and Jordan reach agreement on increasing water exports, trade

Israel and Jordan agreed to a deal on Thursday whereby Jordan would buy 50 million more cubic meters of water from Israel and increase its exports to the West Bank. The increase in Jordanian exports...
Table-tennis player Osama Abu Jame of Jordan. Source: Facebook/Jordanian Paralympic Committee.

Jordanian table-tennis player pulls out of match to avoid facing Israeli opponent

A Jordanian national table-tennis player recently withdrew from the World Para Table Tennis Championships in Slovenia to avoid playing against an Israeli athlete, confirmed the Jordanian Paralympic Committee. Player Osama Abu Jame pulled out of the championships...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman on May 26, 2021. Credit: U.S. State Department photo by Ron Przysucha.

Jordan is ‘the eastern security zone against Iran’

As the fallout from the latest Israeli conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip continues, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz has spoken repeatedly in recent days of the need to strengthen a “coalition of...
Portraits of the late King Hussein of Jordan (left) and his son, King Abdullah. Credit: amnat30/Shutterstock.

Israeli Politics,Reuven Rivlin,Benjamin Netanyahu,Israel Elections 2021

The arrest last weekend of nearly 20 people, including former Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein, by Jordanian authorities in what is being viewed by some as a coup attempt has led to fears over...
Abdullah II of Jordan at SOFEX conference opening in Amman. Credit: Ahmad A Atwah/Shutterstock.

US-Jordan defense pact good for Israel, stability in Mideast

The Jordanian government publicly acknowledged a new defense agreement with the United States this week that allows free entry for American forces, boosting Israel’s unstable eastern neighbor and providing a base from which these...
Bella Rubinstein, Passover 1995. Photo: Courtesy.

Our German-made Passover seder plates

Storytelling is a central feature of the Passover holiday. The imperative for Jews to retell our history assures that our children will never forget it. During the Holocaust, traditional Passover seder texts were handwritten in...