Kingdom Caught in the Middle

Jordan must cope with both Israel and the P.L.O.

When King Hussein was a 15-year-old prince, a medal on his chest deflected a Palestinian radical's bullet and saved his life. In the same fusillade, Hussein's grandfather King Abdullah was shot dead at the prince's side while entering the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. That was a chilling lesson in the dangers of power, and the quirks of fate, for the young man who two years later would inherit the throne.

Now 46, Jordan's monarch rules over an arid, oil-deprived, virtually landlocked country of 2.3 million...

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