The Kingdom of Jordan has always been a peculiar entity. It's ruled by a tribe, the Hashemites, who hail from Arabia and moved up to Israel's neighbourhood after World War I. It's population is 75% so-called Palestinian yet until recently that group had little to say in how the country was run. That's all changed as the current queen is a so-called Palestinian, yet no one suggests that Jordan is actually Palestine.
More importantly, it's a nearly landlocked country with minimal resources and, since the British left the region, a mediocre army. It faces perennial hostility to its north from Syria and the east from Iraq. In fact, its one secure border since 1967 has been its western one with Israel. Israel has even stepped up to ensure that Jordan's borders were not violated by its brother Arab states over the years. All this means that you'd think Jordan would be a friendlier place vis a vis Israel.
But no. The current king of Jordan, Abdullah II, seems content to remind us from time to time that he blames Israel for all the region's problem as well as his own. At a recent conference, like many times before, he used his opportunity at the microphone not to promote friendly relations between Israel and Jordan but rather to regurgitate the old Arab propaganda. Any problem in the Middle East or North Africa is Israel's fault because it won't commit national suicide in order to create a new terrorist state on its eastern side.
It's almost comical at times, both because he says it and because others listen seriously. Years ago when I was in undergraduate studies in university I came across an outdoor protest put on by an anti-Israel group, Canadians Concerned for the Middle East. Feeling bold I began challenging them. When they told me that all problems in the Middle East were due to Israel's "illegal occupation" I asked if the then-civil war raging in Yemen was because of Israel's occupation of its own land. Was Saddam Hussein's (yes, it was that long ago) campaign of gassing the Kurds in northern Iraq related to Israel? After raising another half dozen ongoing regional conflicts one of the protesters said "Hey man, you can set up a booth for the Kurds when we're done here". To that I responded, "I'm not claiming to be concerned about the Middle East, you are but you don't seem to care about most of the region. What's up with that?"
No one can really believe that ISIL, ISIS or whatever it's being called this month, is due to the Israeli-Arab conflict. The Assad regime may have used Israel as an excuse to oppress its citizens but the collapse of Syria is entirely that government's fault. No one connects the disintegration of Iraq to the Israeli-Arab conflict either. Remember how that one started: with Iraq invading Kuwait many, many years ago. Hard to see how Israel was to blame for that one. Perhaps Saddam was worried that we'd scoop up the Kuwaiti old fields and outflank him?
For those who hate Jews, no lie is stupid enough to be laughed at. Perhaps that's the best response to these outrageous claims: not rebuttals, not facts, just laughter.