Richard Melson

February 2006

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Hamas' victory in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections has set off a flurry of speculation about the possible implications for regional politics, particularly in Jordan, with its large Palestinian population and vocal Islamic movement. In this latest issue of Tel Aviv Notes, Center Director Prof. Asher Susser examines the implications of the Hamas victory for Jordan. Susser emphasizes the resilience of the Jordanian monarchy, and while he does not rule out a possible confrontation between Islamists and King Abdallah II, he stresses that Jordan has already weathered countless storms. Though there can be no certainty that the future will always resemble the past, it would be wise to bear the lessons of the historical record in mind.

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JORDAN AFTER THE HAMAS VICTORY:

STRATEGIC CHALLENGE AND HISTORICAL RESILIENCE

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006