Jordan's King Fears Gaza Conflict May Further Complicate His Struggle for Survival

As public opinion in the kingdom presses on with demands for reform, King Abdullah is casting a worried glance westward, to Gaza.

Last Wednesday it seemed as though Jordan would have its own "martyr of the revolution" whose fate would ignite passions in the kingdom, like Tunisia's Mohamed Bouazizi or Egypt's Khaled Said. Qais al Omari was shot and killed by security forces while demonstrating in the northern Jordanian city of Irbid; protesters were trying to force their way into a police station.