BACK UP ARTICLES W/COMMENTARY FOR EDITORIAL #3 - JANUARY 14, 1998


PETRA NEWS 1-8-98

Key Statement:

"...HM [King Hussein] is expected to meet with King Fahed during this visit to discuss issues of common concern..."

CHN COMMENTARY:

As the "rich" Arab nations fall in line behind their eventual "spokesman", we find Saudi Arabia leading the way.........

JORDAN-SAUDI ARABIA/RELATIONS

Amman, Jan.8 (Petra) -- Jordanian-Saudi relations have witnessed increased progress within the last few weeks which reflects the increased confidence and coordination between the two countries in the various fields, Ad-Dustour daily said.

Sources informed the daily that HRH Crown Prince Al Hassan is expected to visit Saudi Arabia within few days accompanied by Prime Minister Abdul Salam Majali and a high-ranking official delegation.

The daily expected that His Majesty King Hussein will perform Al Omra during the holy month of Ramadan as he usually does. HM is expected to meet with King Fahed during this visit to discuss issues of common concern.


PETRA NEWS 1/8/1998

Key Statement:

Saudi officials call His Majesty "water of the eye" as an indication of love and closeness, the daily said.

CHN Commentary:

Daniel 11:24 ...."He shall enter peaceably, even into the richest places of the province..."

Just understand that he has "begun to enter".......[again, these are monumental prophetic confirmations.]

Also, we now can understand why Iraq was so willing to continue to provide Jordan with her oil needs despite the 'tongue lashing' the King gave Saddam at the time of the four Jordanian executions..!

JORDAN-SAUDI ARABIA/RELATIONS.....

The daily learned that the last visit of Foreign Minister Fayez Tarawneh to Saudi Arabia was very successful and Saudi Arabia has expressed its willingness to provide Jordan with its oil needs if necessary and if Iraqi oil flow to Jordan faced any obstacle.

Officials point out that full confidence has returned to the bilateral historic ties to a limit where Saudi officials call His Majesty "water of the eye" as an indication of love and closeness, the daily said.


Jordan Times Newspaper 1-10-98

CHN COMMENTS:

2/3's of the uprooting seems to be firmly in place....as we have Assad's "assurance" he'll abide with our sanctions..........

Key statement:

".....But Washington said it will be monitoring contacts between Syria and Iraq closely after the Washington Times reported that Syrian President Hafez Al Assad had written a letter to Baghdad in which he proposed an alliance to counter the U.S...."

CHN Commentary:

"assurances" are like "official rejections"..........the opposite is always true...!! .....and it wouldn't be to far fetched to believe that Libya will want to join this "proposed alliance".....

Syria will abide by sanctions against Iraq - U.S.

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Syria has assured the United States that it will continue to enforce international sanctions against Iraq, the State Department said Thursday.

But Washington said it will be monitoring contacts between Syria and Iraq closely after the Washington Times reported that Syrian President Hafez Al Assad had written a letter to Baghdad in which he proposed an alliance to counter the U.S.

"The Syrian government has given us assurances that it will continue to abide by the sanctions against Iraq and pledged that any renewed trade between Iraq and Syria would be in accordance with those sanctions," State Department spokesman James Rubin said.

The spokesman cast doubt on prospects for warmer ties between President Assad and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

"Anyone who knows the Middle East at all knows that the idea of a serious rapprochement between Saddam Hussein and Hafez Al Assad is not going to be an easy one," Mr. Rubin said.

Syria opened its border with Iraq in May after 15 years of closure.

Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz made a landmark visit to Damascus in November, saying he was seeking a "calm dialogue" between the two countries.

Iraq broke off relations with Syria in 1980 to protest the delivery of arms by Damascus to Tehran at the start of the Iran-Iraq war, which ended in 1988.

Syria backed Iran during the 1980-88 war and was part of the international military coalition that forced Iraq out of Kuwait in 1991.


PETRA NEWS 1-8-98

Key Statement:

"....Brigadier Mohammad Anwar Bsoul said that the Jordanian participation in peace keeping missions in a number of troubled regions in the world came due to the credibility that Jordan enjoys under the Hashemite leadership as well as its keenness on world peace...."

CHN Commentary:

King Hussein is viewed with enormous "credibility" as a "man of peace" by all who seek it, and here it is confirmed by the United Nations..

This is a tremendous prophetic confirmation of his "little horn" reputation....

PSD UNIT/DEPARTURE

AMMAN,JAN.8(PETRA)-- A Public Security Department (PSD) unit has headed for Angola to take part in peace keeping missions under the U.N flag.

Assistant Director general of the PSD for Operations and Planning, Brigadier Mohammad Anwar Bsoul said that the Jordanian participation in peace keeping missions in a number of troubled regions in the world came due to the credibility that Jordan enjoys under the Hashemite leadership as well as its keenness on world peace.

He urged the group to perform their duties in the best manner and preserve the good reputation that Jordan enjoys.

The U.N Secretary General Kofi Anan has recently sent a cable to Jordan's representative to the U.N Hassan Abu Ni'ma in which he expressed the U.N gratitude for the work the Jordanian contingent has accomplished in Croatia.


Jordan Times Newspaper

CHN COMMENTS:

......even though we haven't heard from Libya in print , we knew she was seething to get involved....well here she is:

Key Statement:

Libya accused Turkey of "betraying its identity and historic ties to Muslims and Arabs, defying the beliefs of its people and licking the boots of the Americans and Israelis."

Jordan Times Newspaper

News 1-8-98

Israel, Turkey, U.S. forge ahead with drills amid diplomatic storm

ABOARD THE USS JOHN RODGERS (AFP) - The Israeli, Turkish and U.S. navies held their first joint maneuvers Wednesday, rescuing vessels in mock distress as a diplomatic storm swirled around the budding alliance between the Mideast's biggest military powers.

Backed up by helicopter search planes, warships from the three nations tracked down a disabled sailboat, motor yacht and patrol boat and rescued their stranded crews in an exercise officials said was aimed at improving humanitarian cooperation on the high seas.

The maneuvers involved two Turkish frigates, this U.S. destroyer and two Israeli missile corvettes, each hunting for a different vessel in international waters 80-100 kilometers off the northern Israeli coast. The three nations' warships were never in visual contact during the exercise, but each had liaison officers from the others' forces.

One of two U.S. helicopters dispatched to find the John Rodgers' target quickly located a troubled sailboat with a "man overboard." Once the destroyer pulled alongside, two navy frogmen jumped in the sea to rescue the drowning dummy, hauling it aboard the U.S. warship.

"I think everything went very, very well," said Lieutenant Paul Ray, a press liaison officer on the John Rodgers. Lt. Ray said all three nations' ships quickly located and "rescued" their boats. "The use of helicopters let us find the vessels very quickly, and it helped that we had excellent weather, much better than forecast," Lt. Ray told AFP.

After a night of high winds and choppy seas, the naval exercise took place under sunny skies and on calm waters.

But the maneuvers ran into rough diplomatic weather as Arab states plus Iran, Greece and Russia expressed alarm at the emerging alliance between Israel and Turkey - both relative outsiders in a tough neighborhood. Only Jordan refrained from attacking the exercise and even sent its navy chief to observe the operation.

Russia, an historic rival of the Ottoman empire in the Middle East, said the maneuvers could "aggravate mistrust and handicap efforts to bring stability to this region."

Egypt, which turned down on invitation to observe the maneuvers, warned that any Turkish alliance with Israel "will trigger the establishment of a counter-alliance" in the region.

Syria, sandwiched between Israel and Turkey and embroiled in disputes with both, said the maneuvers "reflect the aggressive intentions of those two countries against Arabs."

Libya accused Turkey of "betraying its identity and historic ties to Muslims and Arabs, defying the beliefs of its people and licking the boots of the Americans and Israelis."

Such concerns led to the postponement of Reliant Mermaid twice, once last summer and again in November. But with strong U.S. backing, Israel and Turkey forged ahead with the exercise, which all three countries insisted was purely civilian in purpose.

"Reliant Mermaid is strictly humanitarian in nature... it is not related to any real-world events nor is it directed against any party," U.S. State Department spokesman James Rubin said.

But Israeli analysts viewed the maneuvers as a strategic leap forward for military cooperation between the Jewish state and predominantly Muslim Turkey which began with a 1996 cooperation pact.

That agreement has involved joint air force training, including Israeli flights over Turkey, and a series of multi-million dollar deals under which Israel is upgrading Turkey's air and tank forces . "The armies are progressing from the stage of talk and paperwork to real cooperation in the field of action," said Ron Ben Yishai, military analyst for the Yediot Ahronot newspaper.

"When the two strongest armies in the Middle East, who have the most developed military industries in the region, are focused on achieving an unwritten military alliance and when the world superpower grants this process its support, other countries in the region have cause for concern," he said.

Turkish-Israeli ties are expected to deepen further due to the European Union's decision last month not to consider Turkey's candidacy to join the 15-nation body and the stalemate in the Israeli-Arab peace process.


MED 1-7-99

CHN COMMENTS:

Hot off the press.........the King is in..!! ...Only now it's got a proper name....it's called "The Alliance"...!!

I wonder what ever happened to that "sinking fishing boat".....??.........it's all part of the up-rooting.....!!

MED 1-7-99
JORDAN FEELING THE HEAT FROM THE EAST

As a result of the warming relations between Iran and Iraq, Jordan is attempting to become a third partner in the pact that was signed between Israel and Turkey. The Jordanians see the Iran-Iraq alliance as a threat to their security in what could develop into a joint military campaign against Israel through Jordanian territory.

Jordan's King Hussein thus is attempting to neutralize what he views as a threat from the east by joining the Israeli-Turkish alliance. The Commander of the Jordanian navy will be present as an observer at the joint Israeli-Turkish naval exercises which will take place this week. {YEHOSHUA MEIRI 1/7 H}


MED 1-4-98

CHN COMMENTS:

Isn't the general rule of thumb that when high level officials deny something, that confirms that it's true...!!!

...........because if this is true, then the preparation for the "up-rooting" is much further along than those "little stinkers" have lead us to believe....

MED 1-4-98

Key Statement:

"....These sources say that in the framework of a Jordanian-Israeli pact, Israeli warning stations may even be placed on Jordan's eastern border.

In exchange, the Jordanians will receive some form of status in Jerusalem...."

ISRAELI-JORDANIAN CONTACTS

There have been reports of very advanced secret contacts between Israel and Jordan regarding a security pact between them. Egyptian sources say that both Israel and Jordan fear the reconciliation between Iran and Iraq, and they fear that the continuation of the international sanctions on Iran and Iraq will push them to combine their armies and carry out a land invasion in the direction of Israel, via Jordan.

These sources say that in the framework of a Jordanian-Israeli pact, Israeli warning stations may even be placed on Jordan's eastern border.

In exchange, the Jordanians will receive some form of status in Jerusalem. Various papers in Egypt - some opposition, and some not so well-known - speak of this issue.

Jordan's Foreign Minister of course denies these reports, and says that the change in the Iranian stance is a positive development. But these reports should be noted. {YEHOSHUA MEIRI 1/4 H}


Jordan Times

CHN COMMENTS:

Nothing strange about this..........if want to talk peace between Israel and PNA where else would you go.........??

Jordan Times
1-4-98
News

King receives U.S. congressman

AMMAN (Petra) - His Majesty King Hussein on Saturday received at the Al Hussein Youth City U.S Congressman Arlen Specter who is currently on a tour in the region.

King Hussein and Mr. Specter reviewed the latest developments in the peace process, particularly on the Palestinian-Israeli track and the exerted efforts to push the peace process forward.

The meeting was attended by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hassan, Prime Minister Abdul Salam Majali and Royal Court Chief Awn Khasawneh.

Also on Saturday, King Hussein hosted an iftar banquet at Al Hussein Youth City for Royal family members, ministers, speakers of the Senate and the Lower House of Parliament as well as other dignitaries.

The King and the attendees performed the Maghreb prayers.


Jordan Times 1-4-98

Norway's FM arrives in Amman

AMMAN (J.T.) - Norwegian Foreign Minister Knut Volleback said on Saturday the Oslo accords between Israel and the Palestinians were still valid.

Mr. Volleback, who arrived in Amman Saturday for talks on the Middle East peace process with Foreign Minister Fayez Tarawneh and senior Jordanian officials said that he carries no new initiatives to break the current stalemate in peacemaking.

The Norwegian minister was received at the airport by Dr. Tarawneh and ministry officials.


The Jordanian News Agency The Official Jordanian News Agency

Tue Dec 30,1997

KING RECEIVES MORE CABLES

AMMAN His Majesty King Hussein received more cables of congratulations on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.

His Majesty received cables from the Saudi monarch, the crown prince and deputy prime minister who wished his majesty continued good health and happiness.

The king also received cables from Speaker of the House of Representatives, Director of the General Intelligence as well as Director of Civil Defense .


CHN COMMENTS:

..let's bolster those ties..........and the "loose" confederacy ...tightens

Key Statement:

"....On the other hand, Prince Abdullah lauded King Hussein's efforts to further stands towards Arab and Islamic causes...."

Jordan Times 12-29-97 News

Joint Jordanian-Saudi ministerial committee to convene after 'Eid

AMMAN (J.T.) - Foreign Minister Fayez Tarawneh on Sunday concluded a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia during which he met with Saudi King Fahd Ben Abdul Aziz, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Ben Abdul Aziz and other officials.

In an arrival statement made to Jordan Television and Jordan News Agency, Petra, Dr. Tarawneh said that he conveyed a verbal message from His Majesty King Hussein to King Fahd on bilateral relations and means of bolstering ties.

Dr. Tarawneh also discussed regional and international issues of common concern with Saudi officials, particularly the faltering peace process.

Dr. Tarawneh said that his talks with Crown Prince Abdullah were a continuation of Prince Abdullah's talks with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hassan.

The minister said that the Joint Jordanian-Saudi committee decided to convene after 'Eid Al Fitr holidays under the chairmanship of the ministers of trade and industry.

"A Jordanian businessmen delegation will head for Riyadh after 'Eid Al Fitr holidays in order to discuss bilateral economic cooperation."

On the other hand, Prince Abdullah lauded King Hussein's efforts to further stands towards Arab and Islamic causes.


Jordan Times Newspaper

CHN Comments:

Saudi ties..........the King continues his "gardening"......by planting his "seeds" of peace....while preparing the "uprooting" of the "weeds" of dissension....

Major player in the "loose confederacy"...Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Oman and Bahrain i.e....... Gulf Cooperation Council

It's been 4 weeks since all the news of 11/30......, which always means that the "behind the scenes" is raging on...and now it begins to surface.

Also, Ramadan is approaching.

Key statement:

"....The Jordanian and Saudi Arabian views were identical concerning support for the Palestinian people, to help them regain their rights on their national soil and on the need for giving impetus to the peace process, the sole strategic option for the region according to the agency...."

12-28-97
Jordan Times Newspaper

News

Tarawneh delivers King's message to King Fahd, meets Saudi officials

RIYADH (J.T.) - Foreign Minister Fayez Tarawneh Saturday delivered a verbal message from His Majesty King Hussein to King Fahd of Saudi Arabia expressing Jordan's desire to develop bilateral ties.

Dr. Tarawneh, who started on Saturday a two day official visit to Saudi Arabia, briefed the Saudi monarch on the latest developments in the Middle East peace process and discussed issues of common concern to Jordan and Saudi Arabia according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Earlier Saturday, Dr. Tarawneh held talks with Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal during which they reviewed the overall situation in the Middle East region with special focus on the peace process and the Palestinian-Israeli track.

The Jordanian and Saudi Arabian views were identical concerning support for the Palestinian people, to help them regain their rights on their national soil and on the need for giving impetus to the peace process, the sole strategic option for the region according to the agency.

The two ministers also reviewed the outcome of the Islamic summit held in Tehran and reaffirmed the need for building on the positive results of that summit and its resolutions, especially in matters connected with the image of Islam and relations between Islamic nations within the Organization of Islamic Conference.

They also discussed in detail bilateral relations and agreed on convening the Jordanian-Saudi Arabian Ministerial joint committee during the coming month of Ramadan, Petra said. Other discussions focused on trade and joint Jordanian-Saudi Arabian investment projects.

Dr. Tarawneh is due to meet Sunday with Prince Abdullah Ben Abdul Aziz , the Saudi crown prince and Prince Salman Ben Abdul Aziz, the governor of Riyadh.

Dr. Tarawneh's visit, which was at the invitation of Prince Faisal, follows HRH Crown Prince Hassan's visit to Saudi Arabia last September when he met King Fahd and leading Saudi officials. Relations between Amman and Riyadh, strained during the Gulf crisis have improved since a meeting between His Majesty King Hussein and King Fahd in August of l996.