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She was the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Walker P. Gardiner, who was attached to the British Military Mission in Amman. In 1955, at age nineteen, he had married his Hashemite cousin, Dina Abdul Hamid Al Aun, who had earned an MA degree in English Literature from Cambridge University and was a few years older than the king. Dina gave birth to a daughter, Aliya. Soon after the birth of her daughter, Dina asked a visiting British journalist if he thought that Hussein and the Jordanian people were disappointed that she had not produced an heir.
Jews considered the Temple Mount to be the site of their ancient temple that had been destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. Muslims considered the site to be the location where the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven. Cognizant of the site’s significance to all Muslims, on his first visit to the holy spot, General Dayan ordered removal of the Israeli flag, which victorious troops had placed over the Dome of the Rock. Dayan also declared the scared site off limits to Israeli soldiers. 36 While Dayan’s gesture irritated some Jews it did not at all satisfy Muslim opinion.
Hussein’s government had dealt with the fedayeen as if they constituted a sovereign entity.
Anglo-American Support for Jordan: The Career of King Hussein by Miriam Joyce (auth.)