Jordan-Hamas relations

Hillel Frisch

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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has always been a vulnerable state. To survive, it has successfully kept its many rivals off-balance. One of these rivals has been Hamas. The Palestine Liberation Organisation, which during the Oslo process transformed itself from an increasingly weak diaspora entity into a state-in-the-making, posed a growing threat to the Kingdom. Jordan initially cooperated with Hamas in the first decade of the latter’s existence as a counterweight to the growing threat posed by the Palestinian Authority. Once the internal Palestinian balance of power changed in Hamas’ favour, Jordan’s relationship with the organisation became increasingly hostile.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789811391668
ISBN (Print)9789811391651
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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  • Cooperation
  • Hamas
  • Jordan
  • Oslo process
  • Palestinian authority
  • Rivalry


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