Jordanian people are extremely hospitable, with initial conversation inevitable leading to a heartfelt ‘welcome’. This traditional sense of hospitality is mixed with an easygoing modernity and wonderful sense of humour that make Jordanians fun to get along with.
… Islam dominates Jordanian views of the world, of course, as does the Palestinian experience, which is hardly surprising when you consider that 65% of Jordanians are Palestinian.
Being physically and ethnically close of Iraq, most Jordanians are often frustrated and at times angered by American policies towards Iraq but they are always able to differentiate a government from its people. You’ll never be greeted with animosity, regardless of your nationality, only a courtesy and hospitality that humbling. [from Middle East the lonely planet series, 2009]
Being a Jordanian I like that we are hospitable and friendly people. I agree with the above excerpt but I have a comment about the cause of anger against American foreign policies.
Although it is true that “Jordanians are often frustrated and at times angered by American policies towards Iraq” but this frustration goes way back before the 90s. The main cause of this frustration and anger is of course not just because of Iraq it is because the United States foreign policy in general. The United States Always sided with Israel against the Palestinians and will continue to do so. And for this reason Arabs will always feel angered about USA continuous and unlimited support to Israel.
In his recent visit to Jerusalem, the US Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, calls Jerusalem ‘the capital’ of Israel and vows to move the American embassy to Jerusalem instead of Tel Aviv. A decision that is against the United Nations recommendation and a proposal by the new candidate that will escalate the Middle East conflict instead of bringing peace.
The United Nations recommends that Jerusalem be placed under a special international regime, a corpus separatum, but envisions the city eventually becoming the capital of two states, Israel and Palestine. [Wikipedia]