Joel Rosenberg: “On January 10th of this year, I began writing a series of columns on key people in the epicenter who I planned to keep an eye on in 2014. The first name on my list was Jordan’s King Abdullah II.
Sure enough, the King has proven himself a central player in a region set aflame by the forces of Radical Islam this year.
As the flames get higher, several critical questions come to the fore:
- Will ISIS or other Radical groups try to topple the King and raise their black flag over Amman?
- Will the U.S., NATO and other allies stand closely together with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, one of our most important allies in the region, to make sure this does not happen?
- Will the U.S., Israel and Sunni Arab countries such as Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia — as well as some of the emirates — forge a quiet but effective alliance not only to stop jihadists like ISIS but to stop the ayatollahs in Iran from going nuclear?
Opinion: Jordan also has special significance in that it is mentioned three times in the war of Psalm 83:1-8
- Edom: Palestinians of the West Bank and Southern Jordan
- Moab: Palestinians of Central
- Ammon: Palestinians of Northern Jordan
- Amalek: Arabs of southern Israel and the Sinai
- Ishmaelites: Saudi Arabia
- Hagarenes: modern-day Egypt
- Philistia: Gaza, Israeli border of Egypt (Hamas)
- Gebal: northern Lebanon
- Assyria: Syria including Kurdish (northern) Iraq
- ‘Inhabitants’ of Tyre: modern-day Lebanon (Hezbollah)
Joel Rosenberg makes an interesting point that Abdullah is a reformer :
“He is actively trying to lead his small, oil-less, but vitally important nation towards progress and freedom, tolerance and modernity. He’s keeping close ties with the Arab world. He maintains a close friendship with the U.S., and is maintaining his nation’s courageous peace treaty with Israel. He’s also actively trying to help the Palestinians and Israelis make peace, as well. But the Radicals desperately want to topple the King and seize Jordan for themselves.”
So my question: Is it Abdullah that orders the Jordanian armies into Psalm 83 or another entity that conquers Jordan?