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Dan. 11:41 "He will also enter the Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon.
King Abdullah is a polar opposite to our own President. Born in Jordan, he completed his military education at the prestigious Sandhurst Academy. Following his Jordanian studies he spent a year at Oxford studying Middle Eastern Affairs and then attended
King Abdullah is a trained
helicopter gunship pilot
the School Of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in the United States.
Jordan's Queen Rania
And to top off his achievements, he married the quite stunning Queen Rania with whom he has four children.
Queen Rania is sharp as a tack. She earned a degree in Business Administration from American University in Cairo, Egypt, after which she worked briefly at Citibank and Apple in Amman before marrying the future King of Jordan.
She vocally believes women in Jordan have the OPTION of wearing the headscarf and rarely wears one in public.
When we travel to Jordan on our tours to Petra, we easily see the love and total respect the Jordanian people have for King Abdullah and his wife. I've never met one person in Jordan who would not lay his life down for the King and Queen.
In their 1917 Balfour Agreement, Great Britain agreed to give land to the Jews to return to their homeland after some 1900 years of dispersion. In 1920, the British and the French, winners of World War I, divided up pieces of the Ottoman Empire.
As you can see in the map (left), the French Mandate gave France control of Lebanon and Syria. The British Mandate gave the British control of what is today Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Israel.
Originally, the British Mandate gave Israel, called "Palestine," the entire area that today is known as Israel and Jordan.
But the Arabs had a hissy-fit over Israel being given land right in the middle of all these Muslim nations. They ultimately prevailed to get Britain to take 2/3s of the land originally given to Israel and give it to the Arabs/Muslims, calling it Trans-Jordan.
Let me repeat. Britain, under Arab pressure, gave 2/3s of the original land allotted for the Jews to have as a homeland, to the Arabs. In the map above, the dark brown area labeled "Trans-Jordan," was originally "Palestine" which is what Britain called Israel in those days. Today "Palestine" is what the Arabs now call the West Bank and Gaza. Who can figure?
This new land lopped off from Israel was originally called "Trans-Jordan," later changed to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and today mostly referred to as just "Jordan."
King Abdullah l
Abdullah I was assassinated in 1951 at the Temple Mount's Al-Aqsaa mosque by a Muslim zealot. Abdullah's son, Talal, immediately became King. However, Talal was mentally ill (he really was) and after some closed door meetings, Talal's son, Prince Hussein became ruler at age 17.
Hussein reigned through four decades of Arab-Israeli conflicts, moving from being a hostile enemy of Israel to ultimately signing a peace treaty with them in 1994. Jordan is Israel's longest border of the four nations that surround her.
Hussein also raised a lot of Arab eyebrows by marrying a beautiful American wife in 1978, Queen Noor. She brought American elegance and style to the title of Queen, quite unusual in the Arab world.
It was Queen Noor who took one look at Petra and immediately had it cleaned up for tourists. She also had a number of Five Star hotels built near the entrance and personally was involved in the design, look and feel of the highly successful worldwide advertising campaigns.
Golda Meir--Israeli Prime Minister 1969-74
Jordan was defeated by Israel in the Six Day War, losing the West Bank of the Jordan River.
King Hussein consoles Jewish families
The 1994 Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty also initially opened an interesting door for tourism in Jordan--to Jews from Israel. In the middle of the mostly desolate southern provinces of Jordan is
The main entrance to Petra is
a 20' wide, 200' high, mile
long split in the earth.
ancient Petra...to the Jews an archaeological wonder. It was the only place Israelis could drive across their border as tourists and return to Israel with little or no worry of being attacked.
So for the first few years after the peace treaty was signed, literally tens of thousands of Israelis visited Petra, marveling at its intricate 2000 year old rock carvings.
Eventually, the mass of Israeli visitors slowed to an insignificant crawl due to security concerns during the Intifada and has never recovered.
Bill Perkins is the founder and Executive Director of Compass International, Inc.
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