Israeli Intelligence Watches Syria with Jordan’s Help — but Mossad Worried About Jordan’s King

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It is an open secret that Israel, in its efforts to monitor events in Syria, is enjoying full cooperation from Jordan– the Arab country with which it signed a peace treaty in 1994. A Jordanian official is even quoted as saying that his country and Israel are acting “as one” – because “the Israelis don’t mess about and that’s what we need.”

Part of standard intelligence gathering, in such circumstances, would include extensive interviews of refugees from Syria.  They are plentiful, unfortunately, in both Jordan and Turkey.  (A strong reason that Israeli and Turkish officials are trying to heal the rift between their countries is so that they can cooperate quietly on Syria.)

King Abdullah of Jordan

Interviewing refugees could give Israel’s Mossad a window into more than the civil war.  Syrians who recently left could talk about military bases, factory production, food supplies, and even some valuable information on Syrian politics at all levels.

Sources close to the Mossad do add this, however: While they cooperate with Jordan’s King Abdullah and wish him well – and while he certainly has the support of the United States– the Israelis fear that Abdullah’s reign is far from secure.

“If the king doesn’t make major reforms,” one of the sources said this week, “then he’s going to have trouble keeping his throne.  Trouble would start on the streets, of course – like in other Arab countries in the past few years.”

May 24, 2013

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