This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the unusual and intricate relations between King Abdullah of Jordan and the emergent State of Israel. This book aims to trace the development of the special relationship between the two sides against the broader background of events in Palestine. It covers three decades, from the appointment of Abdullah as amir of Transjordan in 1921 to his assassination in 1951, focusing on his role in the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
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