Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Jordan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Jordan

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April 19: King 'Abdullah postponed his planned meeting with President Bush in a move that reflected his displeasure with the President's decision to support Sharon's disengagement plan. The Jordanian King expressed concern that Sharon's plan would most likely lead to Israel creating boundaries for a Palestinian state that would not be based on the 1967 "green line." [WSJ, 4/20]

April 20: Jordanian security forces killed four militants in a shootout that took place when the police surrounded a house in Amman. Jordanian police had been rounding up suspected militants accused of targeting American and Jordanian government sites. [NYT, 4/21]

May 6: King 'Abdullah met with US President George W. Bush in Washington, where Bush softened his support for an Israeli plan to unilaterally withdraw from Gaza and parts of the West Bank. Bush directly apologized to King 'Abdullah for US abuse of Iraqi prisoners. 'Abdullah responded that he was "encouraged by what [he had] heard." [WSJ, 5/7]

May 10: A Jordanian court sentenced three men, including a nephew of wanted terrorist Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi, to three years in prison for a plot to kill US and Israeli tourists. …

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