Among those arrested – he tells on Washington Post Jobi Warrick, journalist with excellent sources in the Jordanian secret services, twice Pulitzer Prize winner, the last with a book, Black Flags, which is based precisely on these sources – there is the prince Hamza, half-brother of the king, former crown prince. The official Jordanian agency Petra at first he denies, then corrects his shot: Hamza is not under arrest, but he has been questioned and asked to “stop activities harmful to the security of the state.” Words that in fact sound like a confirmation of what Jordanian security sources cited by Warrick define “a complex and far-reaching maneuver”.
Among those arrested, always according to the Washington Post, there would also be members of the Bedouin tribes and at least one foreigner: as well as advisers in the past very close to Abdallah, such as Bassam Awadallah. The connection between the Bedouin tribes and a possible foreign agent is startling the analysts. Prince Hamza, son of the regina Noor, American by birth, fourth wife of the deceased re Hussein of Jordan was initially chosen as heir by his father: only to change his mind in favor of Abdallah, son of Hussein’s second wife, queen Muna.
Over the years Hamza has focused the loyalty of the Bedouin tribes of Jordan, a substantial part of the population of the small state, who have never loved Abdallah, considered too close to the United States and the Palestinians, who represent almost a third of the Jordanian population and found in the regina Rania, Abdallah’s wife, and in her family, the most prominent representatives of the community. The Jordanian Bedouins have always had very close ties with the Saudis, separated only by a border line that they consider artificial.
Not by chance Madawi al Rasheed, one of the most attentive analysts of Saudi affairs tweeted last night: “Arab royal families are fighting each other.” Indeed, the foreigner arrested would be Saudi. After all, relations have been tense for years: a few days ago Adballah II visited Saudi Arabia together with his son and heir Hussein, 26, in an attempt to repair those that Bruce Reidel Brookings called “complicated relationships.”
For now, there is no confirmation of the arrest of a Saudi citizen. As well as on the fate of Queen Noor that some gave to house arrest. Certain are the imposing security array that surrounded the area of Amman’s buildings last night. And the note that the military sent to Israel: “The situation here is stable.”