Jordan Intel Service Foils ISIS Attack on Israeli Soldiers, Jordanian Media Says

Four suspects were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to attack Jews visiting Jordan and Israeli soldiers on the Israel-Jordan border, the report notes

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Graffiti depicting the flag of the Islamic State in the city of Ma'an, Jordan, in 2014.
Graffiti depicting the flag of the Islamic State in the city of Ma'an, Jordan, in 2014.Credit: אי־פי
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The Jordanian intelligence service thwarted an ISIS attack on Israeli forces stationed at the Israel-Jordan border, Jordanian media reported on Tuesday.

The Jordanian al-Rai newspaper reported that Jordan pressed charges against four people, who are allegedly Islamic State members, for conspiring to commit an act of terror and propagating the ideology of a terror organization.

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The defendants planned to attack Jews visiting Jordan as well as Israeli soldiers stationed at the Jordan Valley, in an attack that was thwarted in February, the report read. 

Over the past month, following the swearing in of a new government in Israel, diplomatic ties between Jerusalem and Amman seems to have been warming up. In an interview with CNN King Abdullah made it clear that he seeks to strengthen relations between Jordan and Israel.

Earlier this month, Israel's president spoke with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, and the two agreed to advance cooperation between the countries. The conversation with Herzog followed a secret meeting with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Also in the beginning of July, Jordan and Israel announced that Amman will purchase an additional 50 million cubic meters of water from Israel and increase its exports to the West Bank from $160 million a year to around $700 million.

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