When I first went on a Jordan travel adventure 2 years ago, my imagination was filled with images of war, societal oppression, destruction, anti-Semitism, and a people hostile to Americans. This was fed by my own ignorance of the area, and frankly, by my own government and news media.
But, upon landing in Amman, I immediately realized Jordan is NOT what I had been watching on TV. I had already known this about other countries in which I lived: Bahrain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Rather that situating it in the Middle east, I like to refer to Jordan as the Near East, because it is just over the border from Israel.