August 18, 1990 |
A senior Israeli military officer said Friday that Jordan's King Hussein is preparing his army and his people "for a possible war in the very near future." The officer, who asked not to be identified by name, said the "air smells of war," and Israel is watching developments "very carefully."
January 31, 1991 |
Artist Wassef Mwafi, 35, has laid down his brush and is learning to use a gun along with thousands of Jordanians who want to defend their country and, if possible, fight for Iraq's Saddam Hussein. Jordanian officials said Wednesday that 323,000 men and women have volunteered for the Popular Army since Iraq's Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait. The volunteers, aged 16 to 55, include doctors, engineers, lawyers, laborers, industrialists and Bedouins.
January 17, 1991 |
Two hours after the attack on Baghdad began, Jordan--the nation lying uneasily between Iraq and Israel--was still, its night streets quiet. Jordan's state-run radio and television deliberately delayed reporting the opening of the war until 3 a.m., nearly three hours after the first explosions were reported live elsewhere in the world. There was no immediate statement from King Hussein's government, nor any obvious sign of increased security in the downtown area of the capital.
January 8, 1990 |
Israeli soldiers Sunday shot and killed a Jordanian soldier who crossed into Israeli territory near the Sea of Galilee in the latest of a weeklong string of border incidents, the military said. In Jordan, an army official said a conscript from the same area "was absent since yesterday (Saturday) and had his personal weapon." The official, quoted by the state-run Petra news agency, said Jordanian soldiers had searched the area but could not find him.
August 9, 1989
A lone Jordanian soldier who infiltrated into Israel shot and wounded an American visitor and held an off-duty Israeli servicewoman hostage for nearly four hours before being killed by an army sharpshooter, officials said. According to his victims, the man said he was avenging a brother who was killed by Jews. Military officials said he was deranged and acted on his own. The siege ended when Israeli troops stormed a toolshed where the attacker held the hostage.
March 15, 1997 |
The slaying of seven Israeli schoolgirls by a Jordanian soldier this week highlighted what has become a sad truth here--that peace in the Middle East never quite lives up to its name. Or even to expectations. Egypt and Israel made peace nearly 20 years ago, and neither side has much good to say about it still.