History of Jordan as a country predates its Ottoman Empire period but it was nevertheless the Ottomans who established it as a ‘Hejaz Vilayet’ with King Hussein bin Ali midway through the 1st World War as its first sovereign.
Soon after the end of this hostilities, the victorious countries partitioned the region along a Sykes-Picot horizontal line into a French mandate on Syria and its British counterpart on Palestine.
The British rearranged by end of the 2nd World War, under the patronage of the new UN, the territories under its mandate, into a somewhat precocious ‘2-state-solution’ COUNTRIES living side by side, this time along a vertical line.
Israel and Jordan as we know them today were brought into being with Israel sitting as it were in the front seat and Jordan at the back.
Today, apart from its attractive touristic advantages, Jordan offers with its economic, socio-cultural and environmental pluses, a formidable seat for multinational corporations; one of the best of the MENA’s alongside Dubai and Doha.
In the absence to date of a reliable population census, it is accepted by all that 50 to 60% of Jordan’s population is of Palestinian descent.
Today most Palestinians and their descendants are fully naturalised however far from enjoying the same civil rights and duties as the Bedouin population.