Former Prime Minister and current Senator Dr. Marouf al-Bakhit on Thursday, March 23, gave a public lecture at the University of Jordan (UJ) in commemoration of the 61st anniversary of the Arabisation of the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) and the 49th anniversary of the Karamah Battle.
The lecture was attended by UJ President Prof. Azmi Mahafzah, Vice Presidents and a crowd of faculty, staff and students.
Al-Bakhit spoke about those two major turning points in Jordan's history, referring to values and leadership lessons learned from the historic events.
On 1 March 1956, His Majesty the late King Hussein Arabised the high command of JAF through the removal of British officers, particularly Lt. Gen. John Bagot Glubb, the British commander of the Arab Legion. In March 1957, the Anglo-Jordanian Agreement was abrogated, followed by the evacuation of British forces from the Kingdom.
On 21 March 1968, Jordanian soldiers repelled an Israeli attack on the small Karamah town in the Jordan Valley, whose name means "dignity".
Eighty-six Jordanian soldiers lost their lives in the battle and 108 were wounded.
The Israeli raid was repelled with heavy losses as the Jordanian army launched an artillery barrage against Israeli tanks.
A total of 250 Israeli soldiers were killed and 450 wounded, according to official sources.