Twenty years ago, it could be expected that the Israeli guard who shot and killed two Jordanian citizens on Sunday would be released in return for removing the metal detectors from the entrances to the Temple Mount – and put an end to the two affairs at the same time with just a wave of the hand.
In the new world, the chances for such a deal are even better. But it requires new conditions, too – ones that did not exist in 1997. Even though tensions are rising between the two countries, the relations between Israel and Jordan are beyond good, and include cooperation on quite a number of levels. Read Zvi Bar'el's full analysis here
Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt’s arrival in Israel is a welcome sign of stepped-up U.S. diplomacy to help deescalate the tensions and violence that have been surging over the past week. But for him to succeed, he needs help from his boss.
Crises can develop slowly, with only a subtle transformation from a series of disconnected incidents to an emergency situation. But disturbances surrounding the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif are always prone to rapid deterioration. Read former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro's full analysis here
Sunday's incident in which an Israeli embassy guard killed two Jordanians after being stabbed in Amman has inflamed public sentiment in the Jordanian capital to an extent that is beginning to concern Jordan's security apparatus. The Jordanian national security administration and media are stressing the fact that though the incident was an unfortunate one, it was a personal dispute that ended tragically, and not one based on national or religious motives. Despite this, the Jordanian authorities, under pressure from both the public and from the families of the dead, are insistent on investigating the affair thoroughly. Read Jack Khoury's full story here
Both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and King Abdullah of Jordan would presumably prefer to resolve the problem as soon as possible. Achieving that becomes much more complicated now that the Jordanian public knows the facts. If they don't resolve the issue soon, the Israeli diplomatic corps and their guards in Jordan could be in serious danger.
The evolving crisis with Jordan now places a question mark on one of the great achievements in which Netanyahu takes pride in recent years, and quite rightly so: the warming alliance with the conservative Sunni nations in the area, including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Read Amos Harel's full analysis here
Senior columnist Chemi Shalev and military analyst Amos Harel answer readers' questions on the Temple Mount and Jordan crises. Watch the full video here
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