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62 On the second day of the demonstration, Ambassador Symmes, who had earlier tried unsuccessfully to reach the foreign minister, the prime minister, and the king, finally was able to contact Jordanian officials. Symmes asked if the Jordanian government planned to permit continuation of anti-American protests. The foreign minister explained that the previous evening he had met with fedayeen leaders, who promised that the demonstrations would remain peaceful. American officials lacked confidence in that promise.
52 An Australian tourist had started the fire. He was tried in an Israeli court and found insane. However, despite the clear evidence against the perpetrator, legal proceedings did nothing to calm Arab emotions. According to the British consul in Jerusalem, John Lewen, who had previously referred to the Israeli unification of Jerusalem as the anschluss, the Arabs continued to consider the Israelis responsible. 53 Lack of progress toward a settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict depressed the king.
Gardiner, who was attached to the British Military Mission in Amman. In 1955, at age nineteen, he had married his Hashemite cousin, Dina Abdul Hamid Al Aun, who had earned an MA degree in English Literature from Cambridge University and was a few years older than the king. Dina gave birth to a daughter, Aliya. Soon after the birth of her daughter, Dina asked a visiting British journalist if he thought that Hussein and the Jordanian people were disappointed that she had not produced an heir. 83 Hussein’s first marriage had only lasted for eighteen months.