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PAGE 10 over blocking JERUSALEM (JTA)--Jor- dan is furious over Israel's reported attempt to block a Jordanian-American missile deal, decrying the Jewish state's efforts to "interfere" with the deal by lobbying members of the U.S. Con- gress. "Jordan does not need either the approval nor the blessing of a third country," Mazen a-Tal, Jordan's charge d'affaires in Israel, told JTA on Monday. "This is for our security. Israel is the last country to say anything, only two days after it had tested its own Arrow missile." He was referrir~g to the success- ful test last week of Israel's groundbreaking Arrow 2 missile-defense system off the California coast. According to reports, Is- rael wants to halt the U.S. sale of AMRAAM air-to-air missiles to Jordan because it fears the deal ultimately 407-644-2211 145 S. Orlando Ave,Maitland Corner Hwy. 17-92 & Horatio t ~e )'our I'Vler Phtlt Ilere could pave the way for the Americans to sell similar weapons to Egypt--or, alter- natively, that Jordan could turn them over to Egypt in a time of need. Jordan and Egypt both have signed peace treaties with Israel. Egypt espe- cially has resisted warming ties, and has used the an- nual U.S. aid it received for making peace to embark on a huge military build-up, when Israeli officials note that Egypt faces no real military threat. "It is not healthy for such weapons to be so short a distance from Israel, and it is not clear why Jordan wants them," an Israeli source was quoted as telling theHa'aretz newspaper. "Clearly if Jordan was attacked we would do the work for them, so there is no justification to sell them the missiles." Israel also is examiningvarious technical ATTENTION! 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For the time being, the contro- versy has not evolved into a crisis Rather, it remains yet another expression of the periodic differences the two countries have had in the 10 years since signing a peace treaty Indeed, relations between Israel and Jordan generally are friendly, and Israel re- gards the stability of the Hashemite monarchy as a security asset. It considers Jordan an essential buffer between Iraq and the West Bank, and between hard- line Syria and the Saudi oil fields "The principle that guides our relations is, 'respect and suspect,' "Victor Nahmias, a former senior adviser in the Israeli Embassy in Amman, told JTA. "We have always been troubled with the sce- nario of a possible Islamic or Palestinian takeover of the regime " The construction of Israel's West Bank fence has cast a shadow over Israeli- Jordanian relations. Marwan Mu'ashar, Jordan's foreign minister, told Ha'aretz last week that the fence route endangers Jordan's vital interests. 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Tal said Jordan has "a strong interest in revital- izing the peace process." Still, the most difficult mo- ments in Israeli-Jordanian relations were the failed at- tempt on the life of Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in 1996--after which Jordan demanded that Israel free Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin from jail--as well as the outbreak of the Palestinian intifada in Sep- tember 2000, when Jordan recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv. In addition, relations passed a crucial test in 1997 when a Jordanian sol- dier opened fire on a group of Israeli schoolgirls visiting Jordan, killing seven King Hussein paid a condolence visit in which he apolo- gized deeply to the girls' families Salah Kalab, a former Jordanian information minister, wrote recently on an Arabic- language Web site that a PLO delegation visit- ing Damascus had suggested that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengage- ment plan was simply a cover to allow the return of the West Bank to Jordan and of the Gaza Strip to Egypt. By Leon Cohen Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle MADISON, Wis.--The controversial attempt to make Madison a sister city with the Palestinian city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip ended early last Wednesday morn- ing, when the City Council didn't muster enough votes to approve it. In a vote that was taken at around 2:30 a.m. after hours of debate and speeches from an estimated 90 members of the public, the resolution that would have authorized the re- lationship received nine votes in favor, eight opposed and two abstentions, with one member absent According to Madison city law, 11 members of the 20- member council would have had to vote in favor of the mea- sure for it to be approved. Family Owned Since 1954 .ic ' on any Same Day Se e Available , service ' On Pumps = Falters Heaters , Weekly Pool Service Equipment Repair !call i I I expires 8/20/04 ,I Automatic Pool Cleaners Pool Supplies Chlorine Generators Open Sundays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mon-Sat 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Polaris Hayward Starite 631 N. Orlando Ave (17-92) Maitland Kalab ridiculed the proposition, insisting Jor- dan would not take back the West Bank under any circumstances. Some 2 million of Jordan's 3.5 million citizens are Pal- estinians, and Jordan fears it could one day become a de facto Palestinian state. Since the signing of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty in 1994, the Jordanian monarchy has had to ma- neuver carefully between its reliance on Israel as the behind-the-scenes guaran- tor of the Hashemite regime and its desire to maintain close ties with the Arab world, which frowns on friendly relations with the Jewish state Over the last several years, Islamists and ultra-national- ists in Jordan have waged a campaign against stronger ties with Israel, working through professional asso- ciations to ostracize those who encourage peace with Israel. "The Jordanian govern- ment has recently closed down the engineers union because of its strong anti- Israel stand," Nahmias said. AliAbu Soukar, secretary- general of the engineers. union, was detained for a while after the union boy- cotted anyone cooperating with Israel. In the meantime, Abu Soukar was elected to Par- liament on the opposition Islamic Movement list. The party won 17 out of 84 seats in the Parliament Nahmias said KingAbdul- lah II is planning to set up a party, to be led by former senior officers, that is likely Even if the council had mustered the votes for ap- proval, Madison Mayor David Cieslewicz had told The Capi- tal Times newspaper earlier last week that he would have vetoed the resolution for being "inherently political," rather than humanitarian as its ad-o vocates have claimed. In a telephone interview last Wednesday morning, Steven H. Morrison, executive director of the Madison Jewish Community Council, told The Chronicle, "This divisive, con- tentious controversial issue is now over." The MJCC has been a leading opponent of the idea in Madison, charging that it would have been an exercise in Israel-bashing and justifi- cation of Palestinian violence against Israelis. "The erected city officials can return to running the city, and [the MJCC] can return to what we do: Jewish community-building," Mor- rison said. Amy F. Scarr, a Madison at- torney and one of the Jewish people active in the Madison- Rafah Sister City Project, which sponsored the effort, told The Chronicle she felt"disappointed that the resolution wasn't ap- proved," but she was "pleased that it got nine votes," the plurality of those cast. "That shows that there is significant support on the council and in the Madison community for the project," she said. to secure ensure his liament. There also is relatively curity the two nei tellig close coo security border. When ists opened fire soldiers across in the Jordan days ago, tracked them diately, killin[ Ec as well. 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