Jordan’s Threat to the Middle Eastern Order

King Abdullah IIat the royal Al-Husseiniya Palace in Amman on December 21, 2022, as Jordan hosts a Middle East summit. (Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

The month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan ends today, and the Middle East appears to have narrowly averted a war. Just days ago, the Islamic Republic of Iran threatened to wipe the Israeli cities of Haifa and Tel Aviv off the map. This came in wake of statements by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei touting his coordination of terrorist groups that recently attacked Israel. Iran-backed violence was reported this month in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Amid these heightened tensions, the United States dispatched the USS Florida nuclear submarine, equipped with more than 150 tomahawk missiles, to deter Iran from further provocation. Pragmatic Arab states like the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were working overtime to defuse tensions. 

One American ally, however, appeared content to fan the flames: the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II two weeks ago called upon “every Muslim to deter Israeli escalation against… holy sites in Jerusalem.” The following night, Palestinian youth barricaded themselves in the Al-Aqsa mosque, then shot fireworks at Israeli police attempting to clear the compound.

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