Remembering the Battle of Karameh on its 56th anniversary

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AMMAN — On the anniversary of the Battle of Karameh, which falls on March 21, it is widely recognized as a pivotal moment in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The consensus is that this battle represents a turning point, where the Arab army achieved its first victory over the Israeli forces, previously deemed "invincible." The Jordanian army's resolute determination in the valleys of Karameh shattered the myth of Israeli invincibility, leading to their defeat and failure to achieve their malicious objectives.اضافة اعلان

The Battle of Karameh epitomized heroism and courage, showcased by the Hashemite leadership and the Jordanian Armed Forces - the Arab Army. Its outcome was a significant defeat inflicted upon the Israeli military, forcing their retreat from the battlefield after suffering around 250 casualties and 450 wounded. Additionally, a substantial number of their vehicles and equipment were destroyed. In contrast, the Arab Army lost 86 brave soldiers and had 108 others injured.

His Majesty King Abdullah II, as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, previously remarked that on the morning of the Battle of Karameh, our courageous soldiers exemplified the highest ideals of sacrifice, loyalty, and heroism.

His Majesty further stated, "Today marks a day of lifted foreheads adorned with the emblem of the Arab Army, a day when our valiant soldiers secured victory in the Karameh saga, etching glory into the annals of history." He emphasized that Dignity Day remains eternally illustrious in our national memory, symbolizing a proud chapter in our Arab history.

In a press interview, military experts emphasized that the Arab Army's triumph in the Battle of Karameh revitalized Arab morale after the June 1967 defeat. It vividly showcased the Jordanian soldiers' exceptional combat prowess, proving that the will to fight, resilience, and strategic leadership under His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal's command were more potent than any weaponry.

Retired Brigadier General Ayman Al-Rousan described the Battle of Karameh as the epitome of heroism and a cherished victory led by the late King Hussein, who masterfully guided the Arab Army. He highlighted that despite the enemy's attempts to occupy strategic positions near Amman, the valiant Arab Army thwarted their plans, compelling them to retreat and leaving their losses and casualties behind.

The Battle of Karameh commenced at dawn on Thursday, March 21, 1968, with Israel launching a surprise military assault on Jordanian territory. The fierce combat lasted for sixteen hours across various fronts. The Israeli offensive targeted four main axes: the Al-Arda axis stretching from the Prince Mohammed Bridge to the Al-Masry Triangle, the Wadi Shuaib axis from the King Hussein Bridge to the Southern Shuna, the Sweimah axis from the Prince Abdullah Bridge to Ghawr Ramah, and the Ghor al-Safi axis from the south of the Dead Sea to Ghor al-Safi.

The Jordanian Armed Forces stood vigilant, and the Arab Army showcased unparalleled bravery in defending their homeland. The enemy, for the first time, was compelled to request a ceasefire, which was rejected by King Hussein until every last Israeli soldier withdrew. This battle exemplified that victory over the occupation forces was achievable, with determination and combat resilience proving stronger than any weaponry.

Rousan emphasized that the Battle of Karameh marked a crucial turning point in Arab history, shattering the myth of invincibility and restoring Arab confidence. The battle's cost to the enemy was significant, with the Arab Army's steadfastness ultimately prevailing.

The Battle of Karameh, with its heroism and sacrifice, continues to resonate as a beacon of pride and honor for Jordan and the Arab world, inspiring future generations with the spirit of resilience and determination against all odds.