Khalaf and I disagreed about much of the Jordan-Hamas business, but I think his take on the failures of the Jordanian government's handling of the situation is dead on. I particularly found this bit interesting:
Third, they didn't check out Jordan Planet. If they had, they would have learnt the extent of their PR problem, and maybe tried to rectify it. Omar Kullab at Al Anbat is right to complain about the one-sided coverage of the issue on Jordan Television. It's as if the government has never heard of Al Jazeera or the internet. Did they think they could monopolize the story? They could have used JTV to refute the allegations against them through dialog. It would have made great TV.
Arab governments can't monopolize storylines anymore. That's one of the main points of Voices of the New Arab Public... it's interesting to see this Hamas-Jordan episode develop into one more example of that thesis.