• Short Summary

    THE JORDAN RIVER IS NOT MUCH MORE THAN AN AMERICAN SIZED CREEK. BUT IT IS?

  • Description

    THE JORDAN RIVER IS NOT MUCH MORE THAN AN AMERICAN SIZED CREEK. BUT IT IS ONE OF THE WORLDS LEGENDARY STREAMS. GATEWAY TO THE PROMISED LAND, BIRTHPLACE OF THE RITE OF BAPTISM AND SOURCE OF WATER FOR PEOPLE LIVING ON BOTH ITS BANKS.

    IT IS ALSO A MILITARY BORDER BETWEEN ISRAEL AND JORDAN BUT IT IS THE MOST OPEN OF ISRAELS FRONTIERS.

    ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE A DAY CROSS OVER THE JORDAN EITHER ON FAMILY VISITS OR ON THEIR WAY TO OTHER PARTS OF THE ARAB WORLD.

    BETWEEN ISRAEL AND JORDAN BUT THERE WAS NO FIGHTING HERE IN 1973 APARTLY BECAUSE NEITHER SIDE WANTED TO RISK WRECKING ITS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IN THE RIVER VALLEY. THERE IS IN EFFECT A TACIT COOPERATION.

    DEKANEY ON CAMERA
    THIS BRIDGE IS BOTH A MILITAR FRONTIER AND A LINK BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES WHICH HAS SHARE THE JORDAN RIVER. IF IT SHOULD BECOME LESS A FRONTIER AND MORE OF A LINK AS CROWN PRINCE HASSAN HOPES THEN THE BENEFITS TO BOTH SIDES HE BELIEVES WOULD BE SUBSTANTIAL
    SUPER CROWN PRINCE HASSAN (ON CAMERA)
    QUOTE ASSYNUBG TGERE US A PEACE HIGH EMBRACES ALL COUNTRIES IN THE AREA OF COURSE THAT HYPOTHESIS WOULD BE ONE THAT ISRAELS TECHNOLOGY WOULD PLAY A ROLEMMM...COOPERATION IN TERMS OF THE EXPORT OF MINERALS WHICH WE HAVE IN COMMON THE POSSIBILITIES ARE REALLY NUMEROUS AND TO BE DISCUSSED BUT THE BASIC ISSUE TO MY MIND IS NOT SO MUCH THE ECONOMIC ISSUE. THE BASIC ISSUE IS THE SOCIAL ISSUE.

    THE SOCIAL ISSUE IS JORDANS PALESTINIAN POPULATION. THEY ARE NOW HALF THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY THEY REMAIN APART EVEN AFTER TEN YEARS HERE AND THEIR REFUGEE STATUS GIVES THEM A BREAK OVER THE OTHER HALF OF THE POPULATION.

    (CROW PRINCE HASSAN SPEAKING WHILE DRIVING JEEP)
    QUOTE SO THIS TECHNICALLY IS A REFUGEE CAMP. BUT THE TAX EXEMPT STATUS MEANS THAT HEY HAVE REFRIGERATORS, TV ANTENNAS THEY HAVE ALL THE TAX EXEMPT GADGETS WHICH THEY CAN IMPORT...(DELANEY QUESTION) DO YOU CONSIDER THAT AS AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE (???) ??? POPULATION REMARKS IT AS A VERY
    IT IS A ??? THAT MUST ??? RETURN TO JORDANIAN CONTROL OF THE WEST BANK AND YES THEY DEMAND JORDANIAN HELP SOMETIMES VERY DIRECTLY.

    (OPEN SOUND BRIEFLY FOR WOMAN WITH PRINCE)
    SGE US RENUBDUBG PRINCE HASSAN THAT AS A DIRECT DESCENDANT OF THE PROPHET MOHAMMED HE HAS A SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE CARE OF HIS PEOPLE TO TAKE CARE OF HER EVEN THOUGH SHE IDENTIFIES AS A PALESTINIAN NOT A JORDANIAN.

    KING HUSSEIN AND THE PRINCE ARE INTENSELY AWARE OF THEIR ROLE AS RULERS AND PROECTORS. STILL THERE IS A LIMIT TO WHAT THEY CAN DO ESPECIALLY FOR A POPULATION WHOSE LOYALISTS ARE DOUBTFUL WHOSE SPECIAL STATUS IS A BURDEN AND WHOSE NUMBERS MAKE THEM A POTENTIAL THREAT TO THE ROYAL FAMILY.

    SUPER VOICE OF CROWN PRINCE HASSAN
    QUOTE WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD THIS CONCENTRATION OF PEOPLE IN OUR TOWNS END QUOTE
    THE JORDAN VALLEY PROJECT IS SYMBOLIC OF THE COUNTRY'S EFFORT TO DISPERSE ITS POPULATIONS.

    THE LAND HERE WILL GROW ALMOST ANYTHING GIVEN A LITTLE WATER THE JORDANIANS ARE TRYING TO PROVIDE MORE. BUT UNTIL THE NEW SYSTEM IS FINISHED LIFE IN THE VALLEY WILL CONTINUE TO DEPEND ON A PRIMITIVE AND INADEQUATE WATER SYSTEM.

    THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO LURE PEOPLE DOWN HERE BUT IS A SLOW PROCESS. BECAUSE TOO MAY OF THEM REMEMBER WHEN THE AREA WAS A SHOOTING GALLERY AFTER THE SIX DAY WAR.

    THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FLED THE CONSTANT FIGHTING BETWEEN THE ISRAELS AND POCKETS OF PALESTINIAN TROOPS.

    THE PLO US GONE NOW AND THERE ARE MONUMENTS TO THOSE BATTLES. BUT THE MONUMENTS ARE ALSO A REMINDER THAT THE AREA COULD ERUPT AGAIN IF THERE IS ANOTHER WAR.

    PEOPLE WILL NOT INVEST THEIR LIVES HERE WITHOUT SOME ASSURANCE THAT THEY CAN STAY IN PEACE.

    SO IN THE END THE JORDANIAN STAKE IN PEACE WITH ISRAEL IS NATIONALISTIC. TO RELIEVE THE SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL PRESSURES ON THE CAPITAL BEFORE THEY BECOME POLITICAL PRESSURES THERE MUST SOMEHOW BE PEACE IN THE VALLEY.

    STEVE DELANEY NBC NEWS IN THE JORDAN VALLEY ???

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACO71EC66F9EWQFI73QQSUHL0G
    Media URN:
    VLVACO71EC66F9EWQFI73QQSUHL0G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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