Changes and Continuities in the Israel-Jordan Relationship

January 31, 2023 1pm EDT

For more than 100 years, (Trans) Jordanian and Zionist/Israeli leaders have valued their geographic contiguity because it entwined their fates. Recount the ups and downs of Jordanian-Israeli relations with Asher Susser, Ghaith al-Omari and Ken Stein.

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Dr. Asher Susser 

Asher Susser is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University (TAU), where he earned his PhD in 1986.  He was the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at TAU for twelve years and taught for almost four decades in TAU’s Department of Middle Eastern History. He is the author of The Rise of Hamas and the Crisis of Secularism in the Arab World ( 2010), Jordan: Case Study of a Pivotal State (2000), Political Biography of Jordan’s Prime Minister Wasfi al-Tall (1994) and edited Challenges to the Cohesion of the Arab State (2008),  His online course on The Emergence of the Modern Middle East has been taken by more than 90,000 students in over 160 countries.  He is the author of numbers shorter articles on Jordan, the Palestinians and the negotiating process.

Ghaith al-Omari

Ghaith al-Omari is a senior fellow in The Washington Institute’s Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship. He is the former executive director of the American Task Force on Palestine. He served as advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team during the 1999–2001 permanent-status talks in addition to holding various other positions within the Palestinian Authority. In the capacity, he participated in various negotiations rounds, most notably the 2000 Camp David summit, and engaged various international and regional governments on this portfolio. Ghaith is a specialist on modern Jordan, covering Jordan’s domestic dynamics and foreign policy, the Israel-Palestinian-Jordanian triangle, and  the internal dynamics of Palestinian governance in the West Bank.

 Ghaith grew up in Jordan, where he did his undergraduate studies before pursuing graduate degrees from Georgetown and Oxford universities. Before getting involved in the Middle East peace process, Ghaith taught law in Jordan and was involved in human rights advocacy. He is a regular interlocutor with US and foreign governments on Jordanian and Palestinian affairs.