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Jordan says prince liaised with 'foreign parties' to destabilize country | Jerusalem Post |

The developments are likely to rock Jordan's image as an island of stability in the turbulent Middle East. King Abdullah removed Prince Hamza from his position as heir to the throne in 2004, in a move that consolidated his power.

Although he has been marginalised for years, Prince Hamza has angered the authorities by forging ties with disgruntled figures within powerful tribes.

These people, members of loosely organised groups known as Herak [Muslim Brotherhood affiliated opposition] which in addition to their domestic presence represent a vocal opposition based abroad, have recently called for protests against corruption in a country hard hit by COVID-19's impact on the economy.

Anger with the authorities over worsening living standards has in the past triggered major civil unrest. Jordan suffered its worst recession in decades last year as a result of the pandemic.

Political Opposition And Reform Coalitions In Jordan

Jordan's Youth: Avenues for Activism | Atlantic Council |

    Crown Prince Hamzah completed his elementary education in Amman, and later received the General Certificate for Secondary Education from Harrow in the United Kingdom. As a student, the Crown Prince was awarded several prizes, including the "Dome of the Rock Award," by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in 1990, and the "History Prize" from Harrow. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, King Talal, his father, King Hussein, his brother King Abdullah II, and other members of the Royal Family, Crown Prince Hamzah attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, passing out in December 1999 as a commissioned officer in the Jordan Arab Army.

    In August 1999, His Majesty King Abdullah II entrusted Crown Prince Hamzah to oversee the affairs of the Royal Academy for Islamic Civilization Research, the 'Al Al-Bayt Foundation, by naming him as the Chairman of the Higher Council of the Foundation.

by Oui on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 09:11:43 PM EST
Israeli Who Offered Escape to Jordanian Ex-Crown Prince's Family is Mossad Asset

... that the Israeli offered to supply a plane to the Jordanian's family to escape the country after the plot was exposed. Instead, Shaposhnik is, according to a well-informed Israeli source, what's known as a sayan, an Israeli living abroad who performs various crucial tasks overseas for agents who cannot perform them themselves for legal, or other reasons.

Shaposhnik owns a security consulting firm RS-LS - GMSS (UK) whose website describes its mission.

Unconfirmed rumors have bruited the involvement of Saudi Arabia and UAE in the plot as well. Relations between Jordan, and the Gulf states and Israel have been tortured of late. Amidst the normalization announced a few months ago under the rubric of the Abraham Accords, the Saudis and Israelis proposed that the former could either supplant Jordan's role as custodian of Jerusalem Muslim holy places, or perform them jointly.

Given that Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam, such a plan would have been received as a slap in the face by Jordan. Recently, Israeli PM Netanyahu was scheduled to make his first visit to UAE to meet its leader, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The trip was canceled at the last minute when King Abdullah refused Israel permission to fly over Jordanian airspace.

But it is equally possible he was acting as a "cut-out" for the Mossad, Supplying Hamza with intelligence, logistical assistance and financing to aid the plot. The Israelis and Saudis may have sought a more pliable leader than Abdullah. One who would do their bidding, notably in taking a more hands-off approach to the Palestinians.

by Oui on Mon Apr 5th, 2021 at 05:44:58 PM EST
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