Jordan gearing up to reopen kingdom to tourism

The government is hoping to reopen the country for medical tourism amidst growing fears of a second wave and skepticism about the health protocols that will be adopted.

Osama Al Sharif | Coronavirus | Jul 14, 2020
al-monitor Nayef Hilalat, 42, guards Jordan's ancient city of Petra, which remains empty of tourists on June 1, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic crisis. Photo by KHALIL MAZRAAWI/afp/AFP via Getty Images.

Turkish diplomat criticizes West Bank annexation in Jordan

Turkey's ambassador to Jordan is the latest Middle Eastern and international politician to criticize Israel's plans to annex parts of the Palestinian territory.

Al-Monitor Staff | Israeli-Palestinian conflict | Jul 8, 2020

As annexation deadline passes, Jordan feels relieved but remains vigilant

Even though the controversial Israeli annexation plan appears to be on hold for now, Jordan is careful not to let down its guard.

Osama Al Sharif | | Jul 3, 2020

Mossad chief meets with Jordanian king, relates message from Netanyahu

According to reports, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen to Jordan, in an attempt to appease King Abdullah over the annexation plan.

Rina Bassist | Israeli-Palestinian conflict | Jun 26, 2020

Jordan government takes on tax evasion, abuse of public office

Jordanians have welcomed the government’s latest push to prosecute officials and businessmen accused of tax evasion and money laundering, but wonder if the effort will be sustainable.

Osama Al Sharif | Corruption and nepotism | Jun 24, 2020