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      by Yisrael Medad
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      I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970.  I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh.  I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.

      Adar 28, 5774, 2/28/2014

      Let's Really Rile the Jordanians


       

      Jordanian MPs are angry over the Temple Mount.

      The Jordanian Foreign Minister has been upset, too.

      Local Arab bier-bearers, trying to enter the Temple Mount, administered by the Jordanian Waqf, are, too:

      The police force that secures the Temple Mount prevented the rioters from entering the area and as a result, the clashes broke out.  The rioters returned to the Lions' Gate, where they found an abandoned police post and tried to set the door to the post ablaze. There, they also burned the Israeli flag.  The Arab youth threw stones and firecrackers at police who responded with crowd dispersal means. The youths fled towards Ras al-Amud.

      The Knesset was involved this week in the matter.

      Shall we add to Jordan's pain and injury?

      A new book, entitled The Land between the Two Rivers: Early Israelite Identities in the Transjordan by Thomas Petter is out.

      From the blurb:

      ...historians who are skeptical about any "real" history of early Israel have disparaged the idea that Israel had an early presence in Transjordan. This skeptical stance, however, is by no means shared by everyone. Frank Cross...demonstrated the reality of an early Israelite presence in Transjordan. Ongoing excavations--at Tall al-?Umayri, the type-site for the Late Bronze-Iron I transition in the region bounded by the Wadi Zarqa in the north and the Wadi Mujib in the south, and at Tall Madaba, which had an early Iron I settlement--now confirm a tribal presence in these Transjordanian areas during the early Iron I. 

      ...while the presence of Reuben, Gad, and other tribal groups need not be questioned, application of a specific ethnic label to the existing material-cultural horizon creates unnecessary tensions...Petter outlines a context-driven interpretive framework within which to plot tribal ethnic expressions in the past. From the perspective of the longue durée, we can see that frontier regions tend to exhibit episodic changes of hand: competing sides claimed legitimate ownership, sometimes by way of making the gods owners of the land.

      We know that Jordan, formerly TransJordan, was part of the Palestine Mandate.

      There's been talk for decades that Jordan is Palestine which also upsets Jordan.  After all, the Hashemites came from Saudi Arabia.


      So, Jordan, historically, is actually ... ancient Israel?

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