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December 20, 2012 10:34 am

Jordan Warns: After Syria, Israel Could be Next for Rebels

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A view of Syria from Israeli side of the border. Photo: wiki commons.

Senior Jordanian officials have expressed their concern that Syria could become a magnet for Jihadists from across the globe once Bashar al-Assad falls and they’re warning that their country and Israel could be the terrorists’ next targets.

In an article published by Haaretz, senior Jordanian officials are quoted  as saying Syria could become  a “black hole that sucks Jihadists from around the world.”  As evidence, the Jordanians point to an incident two months ago in which their intelligence service was able to thwart a plan to attack shopping centers and Western embassies in Jordan. The cell planning the terror operation consisted of 11 Jordanian Salafists who had assembled in Syria and were working under the aegis of Al-Qaeda.

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Jordan also expressed concerns about Turkey, which has allowed extremists in Syria to strengthen and accumulate ammunition at the expense of moderate and secular rebel groups. Haaretz writes: “Many of the advanced missiles financed by the Gulf states and transferred to the rebels via Turkey in the past few weeks have fallen into the hands of fanatics, despite the attempts of Jordanian and Western intelligence services to ensure that only the rebellion’s moderate factions would receive them.”

Arab media reports that the Jordanian army has declared a state of emergency, and that its troops have been issued gas masks in anticipation of chemical weapons being deployed by the Syrian regime. The senior Jordanian officials emphasized to Haaretz that were this to happen, Western powers will be required to intervene as no nation in the region, including Israel, can overcome Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.

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  • Matt

    You have to go back to Jimmy Baker and Bob Gates said the same thing a few years back “call us when you are serious”. But what does that mean. One day it may be 10 years, 15 or 20. The Palestinians will no longer have enough land for a viable state. That is going to be a catalyst for conflict in the region. Now the US supports Israel’s security, but not settlements and wants a two state solution. That is the US strategy let it go on and one day Israel will make the call. The US can’t go to war to defend Israel over settlements, because of their stance on them and it will be over the WB not Israel which the US would defend. But they can negotiate a settlement to any conflict. That is what Jimmy Baker meant call us when you are serious. A catalyst will make it serious. That is basically US policy, they try to cut a deal every 8 years, never happens. But there is no real pressure to stop building or make peace. That is mainly about showing positive perceptions of the US in the Arab world, not about an actual result. That is what Jimmy Baker said to 41 and what Gates said to 44. And it is not all Israel fault, Mazen got his settlement freeze refused and when it was to expire agreed to talks and want the freeze to continue after wasting months refusing to talk. It was not good enough then but was at the end. It does not matter it is when there is not enough land for a viable Palestinian State, not who is responsible for it. At the pace of settlements I would say about 20 years, that is 5 Presidential terms away. Anyway that is the US strategy. I don’t see any changes in Syria having an impact whether it was Assad or a new democratic government.

  • Anywhere there are Jews…Muslims want to kill them..
    Duh…( Read the Koran. Muslims do.. It is their instruction book on how to kill Jews )