Last week (September 18 and 19), Jordan released the bulk of its political prisoners -- mostly Palestinian Commandos -- under a sweeping amnesty.
Last week (September 18 and 19), Jordan released the bulk of its political prisoners -- mostly Palestinian Commandos -- under a sweeping amnesty. This move by King Hussein marked a dramatic change of policy since the Jordanian Army closed down the Palestinian guerrilla's bases in heavy fighting during 1970 and 1971.
As further indication of his change in policy, King Hussein visited a base of the Palestinian Liberation Army on Sunday (23 september). The King was accompanied by Chief of Staff Major General Zeid Ben Shaker on the visit to P.L.A. units stationed in Jordan.
SYNOPSIS: Somewhere in the Jordanian desert, at a base for units of the Palestinian Liberation Army, King Hussein arrived Sunday for a surprise visit. The King was accompanied on his tour by the Chief of Staff of the Jordanian Army, Major-General Zeid Ben Shaker.
The visit by the Jordanian monarch followed the dramatic release of more than seven-hundred political prisoners - most of them Palestinian commandos -- under a sweeping amnesty a few days before.
In 1970 and 1971 the Jordanian Army closed down Arab guerrilla bases in heavy fighting Hussein's announcement of an amnesty was welcomed through but the Arab world as a move towards Arab solidarity, and the special message of thanks from Colonel Nihad Nseibeh, Commander of the Palestinian Liberation Army, prompted the King's visit to this base.
The King and Major General Shaker were given a complete tour of the bases facilities. While King Hussein has shown renewed warmth for the Palestinian cause, he has stated that Jordan will not be used as the base for guerrilla operations again.