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Back to the beginning ...

A friend just passed along this article written in 1947, six months before the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948 by Jordan's King Abdullah I (the current King Abdullah's great-grandfather). It gets to the core of many Jordanian attitudes towards Israel. If you've got a few minutes, give it a read. It's an interesting historical document that will elucidate the roots of many present day sentiments.

Here's an excerpt from the summary: 

[King Abdullah I] notes that Jews and Muslims enjoyed a long history of peaceful coexistence in the Middle East, and that Jews have historically suffered far more at the hands of Christian Europe. Pointing to the tragedy of the holocaust that Jews suffered during World War II, the monarch asks why America and Europe are refusing to accept more than a token handful of Jewish immigrants and refugees. It is unfair, he argues, to make Palestine, which is innocent of anti-Semitism, pay for the crimes of Europe.

http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/jordan/090609/back-the-beginning