August 3, 2004
Action Alerts

Action Alert: Israel and ZOA Oppose U.S. Sale of Missiles to Jordan


To:
ZOA Executive Directors
ZOA Regional Leaders
Friends of Israel Around the U.S.

From:
Morton A. Klein, National President
Zionist Organization of America


Israel and ZOA Oppose U.S. Sale of Missiles to Jordan

The Bush administration is planning to sell sophisticated AMRAAM missiles to Jordan. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports (Aug. 2, 2004) that Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz “has personally asked the Pentagon to cancel its planned sale of AMRAAM air-to-air missiles to the Hashemite Kingdom.” These missiles could be turned against Israel or end up in the hands of anti-Israel forces.


Tell President Bush what you think:


President George Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
Ph: 202-456-1111 Fax: 202-456-2461
e-mail: president@whitehouse.gov


Some Points You May Want to Make:


Jordan is Not Threatened; It Doesn’t Need These Missiles:


With the fall of Saddam Hussein, Jordan does not face threats from any of its neighbors. It has no need for such sophisticated missiles.


The Weapons Could End Up in Other Hands:


Although Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel, Jordan’s government is a dictatorship and if its is overthrown, those U.S. missiles could end up in the hands of anti-Israel, anti-American regime — which is what happened when the Shah of Iran was overthrown in 1979.


Jordan Isn’t Reliable:


The Jordanian regime is unreliable. During the 1991 Gulf War, for example, Jordan supported Saddam Hussein. In a time of crisis, there is no way of knowing whose side Jordan will take.


Jordan Hasn’t Cooperated with the U.S. Against Terror:


Jordan has failed to cooperate in the U.S. war against terrorism. Last year, Jordan assured the Bush administration that it was freezing the bank accounts of six Hamas terror leaders and five Palestinian Arab groups that back Hamas. Shortly afterwards, however, the pro-PLO Jerusalem Times reported (Sept. 18, 2003) that the Jordanian government “retracted its decision.”


Jordan Allows Terrorists to Operate in its Territory:


Jordan allows Fatah terrorists to operate in its territory. Middle East Newsline (Jan.20, 2004) quoted Israeli security sources as saying that “after a lull of several years Fatah agents have resumed the use of Jordan as a base for operations planning, recruitment and the transfer of money from Iran to Arafat loyalists in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.” According to the report, the Fatah terror network in Jordan is “led by Fuad Balbisi, [who] works in the PLO’s Political Department in Amman, headed by PLO ‘Foreign Minister’ Farouk Kaddoumi. The Jordanian government has taken no action against either Balbisi or Kaddoumi.”


Jordan is Violating its Treaty With Israel:


In violation of the Jordan-Israel peace treaty, Jordan has not had a full ambassador in Israel since 2000. Also in violation of the treaty, anti-Jewish incitement continues in the Jordanian government media. For example, Jordan Television Channel 1 broadcast a sermon by Sheikh Jamal Shakir from the King Abdullah Mosque in Amman, in which he said: “O Allah, destroy your enemies, the Jewish and Crusader enemies of Islam.” On November 28, 2003, Jordan Television Channel 1 broadcast a sermon by Sheikh Muhammad Khayr al-Isa from the King Abdullah Mosque in Amman, in which he said: “O Allah, support mujahidin [jihad fighters] everywhere. O Allah, have mercy on our kinfolk in Palestine. O Allah, strengthen them in their homeland. O Allah, help them defeat their enemy.” On September 12, 2003, Jordan Television Channel 1 broadcast a sermon by Sheikh Muhammad al-Ghul from the King Abdullah Mosque in Amman, in which he said: “O Allah, deal with the Jews for they are within Your Power. O Allah, deal with Your enemies everywhere for they are within Your Power. O Allah, make their plots destroy them. O Allah, support the mujahidin [jihad fighters] everywhere, in Palestine and every land where Your name is mentioned.” (Translations courtesy of FBIS.)