US Marks 25 Years Of Peace Treaty Between Jordan And Israel

A view of the border between Israel and Jordan on route 90 in the Jordan Valley, July 6, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The United States marked the 25th anniversary of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan.

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“Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the State of Israel, an agreement that began a tradition of peaceful and respectful cooperation that continues today,” read the statement signed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and dated Saturday.

“We take this opportunity to praise the enduring efforts of our two allies and friends to find common ground and build a productive and stable relationship for the mutual benefit of the Jordanian and Israeli people,” the statement also said.

The quiet border is considered a cold peace by both Israel and Jordan. There is little public support in Jordan for the agreement, the Associated Press reported. Jordan is upset at the lack of progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, as well as what it perceives as a change in status quo on issues relating to the Temple Mount and other holy sites that its religious Wakf oversees.

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4 years ago

Big deal; the so-called “Peace treaty” with Jordan is similar to the one with Egypt. In both cases, soldiers from Egypt and Jordan opened fire with automatic weapons on Israelis, killing scores of them (one in the Sinai, and another incident near the Jordanian border). In the latter incident, the victims were Israel school children. There was no justice in either case. The Jordanian soldier was recently released from prison, to a hero’s welcome. In addition, Israelis have been harassed while visiting Petra (i.e. forcing them to remove their kippahs). I would personally not visit either country.