May 30, 2016
The Long History of Jewish-Israeli Ties with Jordan – Lenny Ben-David (Israel Daily Picture)
- History books provide glimpses of nearly a century of ties between Hashemite rulers and Jewish leaders. Dr. Chaim Weizman of the Zionist Organization signed an agreement of understanding with Emir Faisal at a meeting in January 1919; T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) was the interpreter.
- One photograph shows Emir Abdullah’s personal bodyguards in 1922 – armed Jewish Yemenite brothers from the Habani tribe. Notice their traditional Jewish side curls (peyot).
- Another photograph shows Emir Abdullah starting the turbines at the Naharayim hydro-electric power plant in 1932, where the Yarmouk River flows into the Jordan River. The Jewish project was headed by Pinhas Ruttenberg, founder of the Palestine Electric Company. The joint project required security cooperation between the two sides to protect the plant and power lines.
(Click on the article’s title to see whole article, with photos…Ed.)