Israel annexes the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea Valley

Apr 2017
1,169
U.S.A.
#11
A Jordan-Iran alliance would be interesting but potentially difficult since any regime which replaces the Hashemites in Jordan could be Sunni fundamentalist while Iran is Shia fundamentalist.
Jordan has a small population, half of it Palestinian. Hamas is sunni and they've allied with Iran. All it would take is an Iran friendly Palestinian group to take over.
 
Likes: Futurist

starman

Ad Honorem
Jan 2014
3,995
Connecticut
#12
If Israel wanted to do that, they'd have probably captured the West Bank in 1949 and then done it. Still, there was a better solution--specifically annex the southern West Bank in 1949 ......
But the Israelis couldn’t even capture Latrun or Jerusalem back then.
 

pugsville

Ad Honorem
Oct 2010
8,805
#13
If the Israeli looked to be making a lot of ground on the British proxies Jordan, Britain could have decided to resupply Jordanian forces through a proxy.

The Jordanian annexation of teh west bank had Britsh support. There were enough proxies for the British to arrange resupply,

The Arab Legion was the best trained and equiped force in the war, Britian kept it short of supplies to keep it on a short leash.
 
Likes: Futurist

starman

Ad Honorem
Jan 2014
3,995
Connecticut
#14
The Arab Legion was the best trained and equiped force in the war, Britian kept it short of supplies to keep it on a short leash.
Yes, as Pollack noted, the Legion was the best Arab Force. But keeping it short of supplies including ammo was so unnecessary. It was in a defensive war.
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
17,855
SoCal
#15
But the Israelis couldn’t even capture Latrun or Jerusalem back then.
I read in the Times of Israel that things got better for Israel after the ceasefire with Egypt in early 1949 since Israel could then devote 100,000 troops to the conquest of the West Bank in comparison to Jordan's 12,000 troops who were defending the West Bank during this time.
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
17,855
SoCal
#16
If the Israeli looked to be making a lot of ground on the British proxies Jordan, Britain could have decided to resupply Jordanian forces through a proxy.

The Jordanian annexation of teh west bank had Britsh support. There were enough proxies for the British to arrange resupply,

The Arab Legion was the best trained and equiped force in the war, Britian kept it short of supplies to keep it on a short leash.
Could 12,000 Jordanian troops have held out against 100,000 Israeli troops, though?
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
17,855
SoCal
#18
Well the fact they did is an historical fact. They wanted Jersalem badly. They sought an armstice instead.
A significant number of these 100,000 Israeli troops were previously fighting Egypt and thus could only be deployed against Jordan after the ceasefire with Egypt, though.
 

starman

Ad Honorem
Jan 2014
3,995
Connecticut
#19
A significant number of these 100,000 Israeli troops were previously fighting Egypt and thus could only be deployed against Jordan after the ceasefire with Egypt, though.
It is true that the Israelis were making progress by the time the war ended. Jordan may have been saved by the bell, but Israeli progress wasn’t very rapid even in the closing phase of the war.
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
17,855
SoCal
#20
It is true that the Israelis were making progress by the time the war ended. Jordan may have been saved by the bell, but Israeli progress wasn’t very rapid even in the closing phase of the war.
Israel captured the Negev relatively quickly, no?

Also, couldn't Israel have tried to delay the ceasefire with Jordan in order to capture more Jordanian territory?
 

Similar History Discussions