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Report: Jordan Opens Skies to Israeli Drones to Attack Syria

Jordan is jittery as Syrian chaos and bloodshed goes from worst to worst. Abdullah had no choice but to ditch hopes for Assad and let Israel use its air space to attack Syria with drones, if need be.
King Abdullah has reportedly allowed Israel to use its air space for drone attacks in Syria

King Abdullah has reportedly allowed Israel to use its air space for drone attacks in Syria
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Jordan’s King Abdullah has given up on negotiations with Syria and has allowed Israel to use its air space to mount drone attacks on Syria, the French newspaper Le Figaro reported.

“Known only to a handful of Western intelligence services, the decision was taken by the Hashemite King during the visit by President Barack Obama” last month, according to the newspaper.

The situation at the border with the Golan Heights has deteriorated in the past several weeks, with occasional mortar shells and artillery directed into Israel. Israel’s drones are armed and can fly at night to avoid detection, an expert told Le Figaro.

It said that Jordan has opened up for Israel two air corridors, one from the Negev and via southern Jordan and the other to the north of Amman, allowing Israeli aircraft to take off from a base near Tel Aviv and quickly reach Syria.

Opening an air corridor in Jordan decreases the necessity to carry out surveillance flights in Syria via Lebanon.

King Abdullah tried to avoid taking the step of cooperating with Israel against Syrian President Bashar Assad, but he reported failed to gain headway with the head of the struggling regime during a secret trip to Damascus in March.

The report also may explain why Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a short and unannounced secret visit to Jordan earlier this year.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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6 Responses to “Report: Jordan Opens Skies to Israeli Drones to Attack Syria”

  1. Way to go Abdullah. Must be the American part of him that is starting to wake up.

  2. Dick Farrel says:

    well..Jordan HAS ALWAYS realized..”we are the closest to the Israelis…and they be way stronger than us, so weez gotta make nice to them”

  3. Tarek Saba says:

    American puppet Abdullah.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Isn't this the sort of thing that should be kept quiet? Why would we announce to Syria the route a drone may take? Isn't it more than possible that Syria will retaliate against Jordan?

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