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Ambassador again raised the question of Iraqi forces stationed in Jordan. ” Unfortunately, however, the fedayeen remained a source of concern. In addition, Hussein was unhappy to learn that Israel would soon receive new warplanes. S. Ambassador Harrison M. Symmes met with the king, Washington announced conclusion of an agreement to sell Phantom jets to Israel. 41 Prior to leaving office on December 25, President Johnson sent a farewell letter to the king. Johnson wrote, “I reaffirm my great admiration for your wise leadership, gallantry and courage which have been so severely tried over the past months.
She was the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Walker P. Gardiner, who was attached to the British Military Mission in Amman. In 1955, at age nineteen, he had married his Hashemite cousin, Dina Abdul Hamid Al Aun, who had earned an MA degree in English Literature from Cambridge University and was a few years older than the king. Dina gave birth to a daughter, Aliya. Soon after the birth of her daughter, Dina asked a visiting British journalist if he thought that Hussein and the Jordanian people were disappointed that she had not produced an heir.
Unfortunately, the Samu raid undermined the king, who appeared unable to protect his people. S. 92 Simultaneously, Syria, Egypt, and the PLO maligned Hussein, claiming that he was an agent of Israel. From Cairo a PLO broadcast called on Jordan’s army to rebel against Hashemite rule. Shouting slogans denouncing the king, residents from nearby refugee camps entered Ramallah demanding arms. Hundreds were arrested. Nevertheless, riots also erupted in Jerusalem. The army fired at the troublemakers, wounding approximately forty people.