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Britain-Israel Relations:
Britain Sees “Black September” as King Hussein's Downfall

(September 21, 1970)

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In September 1970 - often referred to as “Black September” - Jordan was in upheaval as the PLO essentially tried to take over Jordan. King Hussein responded by killing thousands of Palestinians.

By the middle of the month, Hussein's position was growing desperate when Syrian troops invaded in support of the Palestinian fighters. Hussein was so afraid of being defeated he asked the British to request help from Israel.

The British decided Hussein's regime was “not worth prolonging” and didn't bother to pass on the king's request to Israel.

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Sources: British National Archives

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