“Al Qaida is increasing its activity in Arab countries perceived to be pro-western, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, the source said.
“Al-Qaida’s aim, the source added, is to punish these state for leaning towards the west in a time of Jihad. Hitting tourists is also part of a well-established Al Qaida tactic, he said.
“He also doubted that the attacks were engineered by Hamas or elements of other terrorist groups tolerated in Jordan s capital Amman.
“‘They [Hamas] would not want to risk their position in Jordan by angering and humiliating the Jordanians in such a way,’ said the source.”
There’s an intriguing example of oblique cooperation between Muslims perceived to be radical (Hamas) and those perceived to be moderate (Jordan).
“On Wednesday morning, a terrorist shot at a group of South American tourists wounding 5, one critically, as they were passing from Jordan to Israel through the Rabin border crossing, north of Eilat in the Arava desert.
“The army official said that most terror organizations based in Amman try to keep as low a profile as possible, and that an attack aimed at tourists in a ‘westernized Arab country’ is in line with Al-Qaida interests.”