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Tempest In A Teapot In Jordan

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More than ten days have elapsed since the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was shaken by allegations that King Abdullah II’s estranged half brother, Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, was involved in a plot to undermine the government.

In the hours after this news rocked Jordan, a beacon of stability in the Middle East for the past 50 years, the Jordanian foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, accused the prince — a brigadier-general in the Jordanian army — and several of his associates of “incitement and efforts to mobilize citizens against the state in a manner that threatens national security.”

Firing back with two videos, the prince stoutly denied the accusation, issued a critique of the country’s “corrupt and intolerant” leadership, and disclosed he had been placed under house arrest. His mother, Queen Noor, released a stinging statement claiming her son was the victim of “wicked slander.”

No sooner had this palace feud erupted than it faded away, leaving observers in the dark as to what had transpired in Amman from April 4th onward. We may never really know exactly what happened.

These events occurred as Jordan — an ally of the United States and the second Arab state to sign a peace treaty with Israel — was busy coping with ongoing pressing challenges.

The coronavirus pandemic has killed 8,000 Jordanians and contributed to a dismal high unemployment rate. And the influx of 630,000 Syrian refugees since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria in 2011 has enormously strained Jordan’s economy, which is dependent on foreign aid.

The crisis, which temporarily shattered the outward calm that Jordan normally........

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