As the Islamic State’s threat grows, Israel and Jordan seek security ties
Nikita Malik on The National. The National is a government-owned English-language daily newspaper published in Abu Dhabi.
A recent withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Turaibil, the only legal border crossing between Jordan and Iraq, has created a shaky security situation. It is Jordan, on Israel’s east and Iraq’s west, that will serve as a crucial buffer from the terrorist movements that threaten to spillover into Israel.
As supporters of the Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) raise their black flags over the Jordanian city of Ma’an, both Israel and Jordan are increasingly subject to the threat of the caliphate. To respond to this risk, the partnership between Israel and Jordan, co-signers of a peace agreement in 1994, is likely to strengthen in time to come.