Intelligence sources report that al-Qaida and Hamas are now tracking Israeli diplomats, businessmen and students throughout Jordan.

“The Islamists have failed to pressure the government to sever relations with Israel, so what they are doing is trying to drive the Israelis out of the country or scare them into staying in their hotels or embassy,” a Western diplomat said.

Jordan has uncovered an Islamist plot to intimidate Israeli businessmen in the Hashemite kingdom. On March 4, two suspected Islamist operatives were indicted for plotting to kill an Israeli factory owner in the northern city of Irbid.

Mohammed Odatallah, 36, and Loay Shehadah, 37, were charged by Jordan’s military prosecutor of seeking to kill Jews. Messrs. Odatallah and Shehada were said to have targeted an unidentified Israeli factory owner in Irbid and began tracking his movements.

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Israelis have established several factories in northern Israel, which have been producing everything from textiles to batteries.

The indictment said the defendants tried to kill the Israeli in January. Messrs. Odatallah and Shehada were said to have arrived at the Irbid factory, but fled when they saw a security patrol. The Israeli later left Jordan.

This marked the second Islamist plot against the Israeli presence in Jordan over the last few months. Last December, three Hamas members were convicted and sentenced to five years for plotting to attack Israelis as well as Jordanian intelligence officers. Last Thursday, Jordan’s High Court reduced the sentences of the Hamas assailants by half.

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.