Osama Al Sharif

Ahmed Daqamseh, a Jordanian soldier convicted of killing seven Israeli schoolgirls on March 13, 1997, is seen at Um Alluol prison in the city of Mafraq, Jordan, July 30, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)

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Killer's release highlights fragile Jordan-Israel 'cold peace'

Monday, Mar. 20, 2017 | Osama Al Sharif, Contributor

The release of Jordanian Ahmed Daqamseh, who served 20 years in prison for killing seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997, has split the public despite the enduring strength of its animosity for Israel.

Why is Jordan shifting its Syria strategy?

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 | Osama Al Sharif, Contributor

Jordan has joined the Astana process and is signaling a change in its position toward Damascus.

Why king’s visit to Washington was essential for Jordan

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 | Osama Al Sharif, Contributor

King Abdullah’s visit to the United States, where he met with President Donald Trump, helped reassure Jordanians that US military and economic support for the kingdom will continue.

Have GCC countries turned their backs on Jordan?

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 | Osama Al Sharif, Contributor

Despite reform efforts, the Jordanian economy continues to underperform, and foreign assistance to fill in gaps and counter this trend is growing scarce.

Jordanians question timing, messages of top military brass

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 | Osama Al Sharif, Contributor

The Dec. 30 BBC interview with Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs­ of­ Staff, raised eyebrows in Amman and prompted local commentators to speculate about the purpose and meaning of Freihat’s statements.

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Osama Al Sharif is a veteran journalist and political commentator based in Amman who specializes in Middle East issues. He can be reached at alsharif.osama@gmail.com. On Twitter: @plato010

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