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For decades, ground zero in Jordan's alliance with America has been the headquarters of the General Intelligence Department, with its forbidding black flag fluttering in the breeze at the end of an entry road with the unlikely name, "Street of the People".The GID embodied Jordan's role as America's special Arab friend. The GID remains a potent counterterrorism partner, U.S. officials say, and Jordan is still a key platform for American operations in the region. Jordan's status as America's BFF in the Arab world faces a surprising new challenge from Saudi Arabia.What worries Amman is that Trump's disruptive diplomacy – symbolized by his decision in December to reverse long-standing U.S. policy and move the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem – will cause internal political problems for Jordan, with its large Palestinian population. When Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas denounces Trump's peace process, Jordan fears it will have to pick up the pieces.Jordan also balked at the Saudi campaign against Qatar, perhaps mindful of the 50,000 Jordanians working in Doha.
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