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Israel Gives Merkava Tank To Jordan As ‘Gift’

[7/14/2018 9:15:24 AM]

AMMONNEWS - As an apparent goodwill gesture, Israel has offered one of its self-prized Merkava tanks as a present to a Jordanian museum. The tank was transferred to Jordan in recent weeks aboard a flatbed truck, The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday. It will be put on show at the Royal Tank Museum. The paper billed the offering as “a sign of growing defense and diplomatic ties.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Military Affairs Avigdor Lieberman had to sign off on the decision since it meant trusting Amman with a “most top-secret” weapon, it said. The daily hailed the Merkava as one of “the most lethal and protected tanks in the world”. Five of the tanks were, however, destroyed during Israel’s war on Lebanon in 2006 during confrontations with the resistance movement of Hezbollah, which broke the myth of invincibility built around the vehicle. Aside from Egypt, Jordan is one of the only two Arab governments that have open diplomatic ties with Israel. The Israeli embassy in Amman shut down last July after two Jordanians were gunned down by the embassy guard, prompting the return to Israel of the Israeli ambassador along with the guard involved in the shooting. That guard, who claimed that he shot the Jordanians in self-defense, received a hero’s welcome on his return, further enraging the Jordanians. Israel, though, dispatched a new ambassador to Amman in April, and in mid-June, Netanyahu paid an unannounced visit to the Jordanian capital for a meeting with King Abdullah II. Press TV

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Razzaz calls on reviving supervision on societies

[7/8/2018 5:11:41 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister, Omar Razzaz, stressed the importance of activating the role of the concerned ministries in following up and supervising societies within their jurisdiction, in a bid to improve their performance and enable them to play the expected role in achieving goals of sustainable development. In a circular, the Prime Minister asked the ministries of social development, industry, trade, supply, planning and international cooperation to follow up societies within the scope of targeted supervision, whether to follow up the societies' legal and administrative conditions, or the technical and financial aspects of their projects. The circular issued by the Prime Minister in this regard confirms the mandate given to the competent minister in the event of doubts about the work or accounts of any society to set up audit committees for this end, to form probe committees in any violation, and to take any legal action necessary, including referral to the judiciary. The circular also stresses the importance of institutionalizing the follow-up process through the creation of administrative units directly concerned with the follow-up of societies, so that clear tasks will be included in the organizational structure, including the tasks and responsibilities of the competent ministries in the field of supervision on the societies' works. The premier also stressed the necessity to follow up societies that have red flags in the money laundering or terror funding.

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Prime Minister honors anti-corruption team

[7/8/2018 5:08:51 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister, Omar Razzaz, on Sunday honored an investigative team of the Jordan Anti-Corruption Commission (JACC), who succeeded in restoring JD20 million as a result of financial, technical and administrative violations in construction projects carried out by contractor companies for the Jordan Phosphate Mining Company (JPMC). The probe team unraveled a large waste of public funds in the implementation of these construction works during the period, 2012-2017. The Prime Minister praised the team's efforts to uncover violations on public funds, and stressed this achievement reflects the government's policy and seriousness in the fight against all forms of financial and administrative corruption firmly and responsibly. The Prime Minister said the government has embraced the slogan launched by His Majesty King Abdullah II "No immunity to the corrupt," which is a guideline to the government's work in the fight against all forms of corruption, and added the law will be applied to everyone with all fairness and transparency and without favoritism to any person or entity. Razzaz stressed the importance to protect people's reputation from rumors and slurs.

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Jordan understands Syrian people suffering but can't take in more refugees

[6/29/2018 5:29:55 PM]

AMMONNEWS - State Minister for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson, Jumana Ghunimat, on Friday said that demanding Jordan to open its borders to new Syrian refugees is something the Kingdom can’t respond to, adding that Jordan fully understands the difficult humanitarian situation in southern Syria and is aware of the extent of suffering, pain and dangers, which afflict the Syrian brothers. She said that Jordan welcomes any agreement to bring calm and protect the lives of civilians, especially children and women, pointing out efforts have been non-stop with all parties to halt the military escalation. She stressed that Jordan welcomes any solution that would stop the bloodshed and the displacement of more Syrian civilians. The minister said that Jordan calls on world powers, the international community and relief organizations to play their role in assisting and protecting the Syrian brothers and provide a formula that protects them and protects the interests of Jordan. Jordan hopes that the United Nations will take practical steps to help displaced people and provide them with their living needs, especially in the provision of water, food and medical supplies, she added. She emphasized that Jordan's efforts are ongoing with all parties to call for a cessation of violence in southern Syria, pointing out that the Kingdom is ready to help the Syrian brothers inside Syria. Ghunimat said was surprised that some parties blame the human tragedy suffered by the brothers in Syria on the Kingdom, noting that the decision to stop the violence and killing is necessary and everyone should move in this direction. She added that Jordan's limited resources and its suffocating financial crisis cant withstand the burden of receiving more Syrian refugees, but , she said, the Kingdom is fully prepared to cooperate with the United Nations to play its role without opening the border.

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Official source : The meeting between Bin Salman and Netanyahu in Amman incorrect

[6/23/2018 9:39:45 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordanian official source to Ammon denied that Mohammed Bin Salman met Netanyahu on the sidelines of a visit to Amman and White House special adviser – Jared Kushner . The source told that this news incorrect .

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Hawatmeh tries to persuade the protesters to leave the site of sit-in

[6/2/2018 6:04:30 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The General Director of the gendarmerie forces, General Hussein al-Hawatmeh, came to the site near the fourth circle where citizen protest . Hawatma spoke with the protesters, trying to persuade them to evacuate the site and end the sit-in. Hawatmeh stressed the need of maintain the peaceful protest and don't close the public road .

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PSD urges peaceful protests, warns against vandalism

[6/2/2018 11:28:04 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Public Security Department (PSD) on Saturday urged the public to observe the law, shun sabotage and keep protests peaceful, vowing zero tolerance with vandalism or any acts that disturb public order. A PSD statement said that police, in coordination with Gendarmerie and other security agencies, had dealt with many peaceful protests and sit-ins across the Kingdom in the past 48 hours, ensuring the participants' constitutional right to express their opinion freely and exercising maximum self-restraint." Protests and rallies were staged in Amman and other cities in the past two days to demand the repeal of proposed amendments to the draft income tax law and fuel price hikes. "The PSD is committed to this duty and approach when tackling such peaceful rallies and sit-ins in accordance with the provisions of the law, unless they lose their peacefulness and turn into acts of vandalism, damaging public and private property, blocking roads and disrupting traffic and the normal life of citizens," the statement said. It said that during the past hours, some of the protesters had breached the law, perpetrating acts of sabotage and closing roads, assaulting police and gendarmerie personnel and attempting to sabotage public and private property, "which cannot be tolerated, and will be dealt with firmly and in accordance with the law." The PSD called on citizens to "place the national interest above any other considerations", preserve the country's security and stability and avoid sabotage that harms the national interest and capabilities, and to abide by the law and peaceful protest and "heed the instructions of police and gendarmerie officers who are there to protect them and safeguard their constitutional right to freely express their opinion."

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