Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Fire Nasser Joudeh

The ongoing drama concerning Hamas terror activity in Jordan is a public relations disaster. After failing on many counts relating to last week's announcement, Nasser Joudeh again made new announcements concerning more arrests and capturing more weapons. However, he repeats the mistake of both releasing too much and not enough information. So today he reignited the controversy without attempting to give skeptics reason to believe him. This allowed for fresh allegations that the government is lying. If the government spokesman chose to stay silent, it would have been much better. All he needed to say was that investigations were ongoing.

The entire spectacle is quite depressing, and Batir Wardam accurately expresses my feelings. We need a government spokesman who has more media savvy, or at least has more common sense.

I wonder if Fahed Fanek still thinks that mediocrity is good enough.


At 12:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nasser joudeh.he is just aspokeman
it is not his fault it is the pm fault.

At 1:39 AM, Blogger Rambling Hal said...

I watched an interview with Jameel Al-Nimr on Abu Dhabi TV, and it was a blatant dodging of questions, his answers unsatisfying and unclear. This is becoming more suspicious by the second, and now they are dragging Syria into this by claiming it is the source of this weapon smuggling. What the hell is going on, and for how long will we be treated as puppets, only fed snippets of information they believe we should have?? Then they wonder why we ask questions, jump to conclusions and speculate...

At 3:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I agree with hamede Nassir Joudeh is just the spokesperson for the Jordanian government. If I had to guess I would guess that he didn't decide to release this statement out of his own, and I'm sure he can't share any information that he might like to share.

It's the entire adminstration's problem.

At 4:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

meen jameel il nimr, sho dakhalo?

At 6:20 AM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Hamede and Hamzeh: I disagree. Being a spokesman implies knowing how to deal with the media and understanding public relations. Simply having a mouth doesn't qualify somebody to be a spokesman.

At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Khalaf: I hope all is well.
Here is Hamas' response as requested two days ago :
P.S.: These are excerpts from the full article posted on

Many thanks.

ردود فعل غاضبة على الاتهامات الأردنية
دمشق تنفي وتحذر وحماس تتهم عمان بالتآمر

أعرب وزير الخارجية الفلسطيني محمود الزهار عن أسفه لما أسماه التصعيد الأردني في كيل اتهامات لحركة المقاومة الإسلامية (حماس) بالسعي لتدبير هجمات ضد شخصيات ومؤسسات أردنية.

وقال الزهار في تصريح للجزيرة "هذا تصعيد غير مبرر وغير موضوعي وجاء ضد رغبة الشعب الفلسطيني في علاقات مميزة مع الأردن". وأعرب عن دهشته من هذه التصريحات الأردنية بدلا من الحديث بهدوء ومحاولة حل الموضوع.

واعتبر ممثل حماس في بيروت أسامه حمدان في تصريح للجزيرة أن الشعب الفلسطيني وحكومته الجديدة تتعرض لمؤامرة، وأن بعض الدول تسعى للعب دور في سياق هذه المؤامرة بإطلاق مثل هذه الاتهامات.

ووصف حمدان المعلومات الأردنية بأنها "رواية مختلقة ومفضوحة وغير صحيحة". وشدد على أن سياسة حماس هي العمل العسكري ومقاومة الاحتلال داخل فلسطين، وأنها تحرص على مصالح الأمة العربية ولا يمكن أن تسئ لأي دولة. وأشار إلى أن قيادة الحركة العسكرية موجودة داخل فلسطين.

كما اتهم عمّان بمحاولة التشويش على القيادة السياسية لحماس بعد "التجاوب غير المسبوق" من الحكومة السورية خلال زيارة الزهار لدمشق. وأعرب عن اعتقاده بأن الحكومة الأردنية "يقلقها حجم الدعم والتأييد الشعبي لحماس وتحاول الفصل بينها وبين الشعب الأردني".

ورأى المتحدث باسم حماس في غزة سامي أبو زهري في تصريح للجزيرة أن "الحكومة الأردنية عزلت نفسها بهذا الموقف عن المحيط العربي، حينما قبلت أن تكون شريكا في مؤامرة على الفلسطينيين".

نفت دمشق رسميا المعلومات الأردنية عن تهريب أسلحة والتخطيط داخل سوريا لعمليات داخل المملكة بمشاركة قيادي بالجناح العسكري لحماس.

وقال مصدر مسؤول بالخارجية السورية "هذا أمر عار عن الصحة تماما ولا علم لسوريا بوجود قيادي عسكري من حماس على أراضيها".

وكان المتحدث باسم الحكومة الأردنية ناصر جودة أعلن بمؤتمر صحفي أمس توقيف مجموعة من حماس بتهمة التخطيط لهجمات واغتيالات في المملكة. وأضاف أن الأجهزة الأمنية رصدت تحركات المجموعة منذ فترة زمنية طويلة، وضبطت أسلحة ومتفجرات تم تخزينها وأنها أحبطت محاولة تهريب كميات أخرى من دولة مجاورة.

المصدر: الجزيرة + وكالات

At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we have an elected government in jordan i will blame naser juda but how you blame a man who can,t
speak without green light.

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Hamede: What do elections have to do with it? The man is clearly incompetent. It is his role to present the government in a positive light. He has clearly failed at that.

What should be clear is that a spokesman is not simply told what to say. If he was professional, he would have told the PM that they should either keep quiet until they are ready to reveal enough details or asked for authorisation to release more details. Moreover, after make this mistake the first time, he should have learnt his lesson and not repeated it a second time.

At 7:23 PM, Blogger Hatem Abunimeh said...

I agree with you 120% on this one, he must learn how to deal with the media in an appropriate way or he should kiss up.

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Rambling Hal said...

Jamil al Nimri is a political analyst and a columnist at Al Arab Al Yowm as well as Al Ghad (I believe - have to double check Al Ghad). Usually, he's a great writer. During the interview - not so great.

At 6:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you can find the time to run through my thoughts on the subject. it is on my blog. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the issue, it is after all a political one, and I am afraid we won't see the end of it soon..

At 5:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hassan irbidawy,

first i want to thank khalaf for his effort to make this blog,its my first time i see it, please keep going on ur work khalaf,ur doing well.
about hamas and Jordanian
Goverment puzzle, for me i think that hamas is innvolove in this
case aslo syria,but i disagree with the way that our jordainian goverment media and policy deal with this case, i hope oneday our goverment will learn more how to deal with these cases in a more smarter and diplomatic
way, its ok if hamas dont have
the diplomatic way cause its just an organization,but on the other hand our gov represent jordan and jordanians and must deal better in this conflict.


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