TEL AVIV Ñ Jordan has realigned its military deployment along the
border with Israel in an attempt to stop insurgency attacks.
Israeli military officers said Jordan has rearranged its forces and
platforms along the 300-kilometer border with Israel. They said Jordan has
also sent in troops with enhanced training and equipment as well as established
new border installations.
In all, the officers said, Jordan's military has set up 50
checkpoints and observation posts along the border with Israel. They credited
the effort with helping foil attacks by Palestinian insurgency groups and
Hizbullah against Israel.
In July, Jordan's military detected and foiled the infiltration of
Palestinian insurgents into Israel, Middle East Newsline reported.
"The Jordanians are our real partners," Lt. Col. Ran, a senior commander
along the Israel-Jordan border, said.
The officers said the Jordanian redeployment has taken place over the
last year and represents a marked improvement in military and security
relations between Amman and Jerusalem. They said the two countries have by
far the closest
cooperation in efforts against insurgency groups than any of Israel's other
Amman has warned Palestinian and Islamic
groups that Jordan will not tolerate anti-Israeli raids from the kingdom.
Officers said Israel and Jordan have also improved cooperation in such
areas as joint training and exercises. They said the number of visits and
meetings between senior officers and commanders from both countries have
increased over the last year.