Jordan to minimize security cooperation with Israel
Saleh Naami, Wednesday 22 Dec 2010
The Kingdom of Jordan has reportedly issued orders to minimize security and intelligence cooperation with Israel

Debka, an Israeli site specialized in gathering security and intelligence-related information reported on Wednesday that Jordanian King Abdullah II issued orders to minimize intelligence and security cooperation with Israel.

Israeli military and security sources said that the king considers cooperation over the security of the Jordan River an exception as it represents a sensitive setting for the country.

The sources indicated that Abdullah ordered his military and security command not to send or receive any information from Israel related to security threats in the Middle East region.

This is only the third time this has happened in 60 years. The first time Jordan stopped its cooperation with Israel was in 1958, inspired by the late King Hussein's desire to join the United Arab Republic. The second happened with the outbreak of the 1967 war.

Sources attributed the sudden change in the Jordanian position to strategic shifts in the region. Manifestations of a declining Israeli position and an eroding US standing (expressed by the withdrawal from Iraq), as reported by Debka, are indications of a rising anti-Israeli anti-American axis especially in light of the Turkish-Israeli alliance collapse.

The clearest indicator of change in Jordan's situation is growing relations with Iran as the king agreed to receive Rahim Shahani, head of the president's office, and accepted an invitation to visit Tehran.