chapter  5
Jordan Again: Failures and Breakthrough
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While Israel’s positions as put forth in the 1968 Alon Plan seemed to preclude any realistic effort for a peace agreement between Jordan and Israel, contacts and even direct talks continued for many years. Cooperation, particularly with regard to matters connected with the population in the West Bank (e.g., continued use of the dinar, Israel’s open bridges policy for movement of people and goods), worked so well that the relationship came to be termed one of “intimate enemies” enjoying “de facto peace.”1 This “functional cooperation” (as it was called) was even capped by strategic measures when Israel mobilized forces and flew air sorties in response to King Hussein’s request (via the Americans) for assistance against the Syrian invasion of his country during the 1970 civil war with the Palestine Liberation Organization in Jordan. The two states could even be said to have a mutual, or at least similar, interest in weakening the PLO and preventing the creation of a Palestinian state on the West Bank.