Jordan says chose not be flexible with Israel after cancels treaty annexes

On the anniversary of the assassination of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, King Abdullah announced his intention to cancel the annexes to the peace agreement with Israel.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
October 22, 2018 08:17
2 minute read.

Netanyahu on the Jordan peace agreement, October 22, 2018 (GPO)

Netanyahu on the Jordan peace agreement, October 22, 2018 (GPO)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Senior Jordanian officials in Amman told the Al-Hayat newspaper on Monday that the kingdom could have shown greater flexibility in dealing with Israel, but chose not to.

The statement came after Jordan announced its decision to cancel the annexes of the peace treaty between the two countries, which dealt with Israel’s lease of the Island of Peace in Naharayim and the Tzofar enclave in the Arava by Israel.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


According to the sources, Amman could have been more flexible on the issue of renewing annexes to the peace agreement, but it encountered stubborn policies from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, including positions on Jerusalem and other holy places.

On the anniversary of the assassination of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, who signed the peace treaty with King Hussein, King Abdullah announced his intention to cancel the annexes to the peace agreement with Israel.

Under the 1994 Treaty of Peace between Israel and Jordan, these two areas “will fall under Jordanian sovereignty with Israeli private land use rights. These rights include unimpeded freedom of entry to, exit from and movement within the area. These areas are not subject to customs or immigration legislation. These rights will remain in force for 25 years and will be renewed automatically for the same period unless either country wishes to terminate the arrangement, in which case consultations will be taken.”

“This has always been our top priority,” King Abdullah wrote on Twitter, “and our decision to withdraw from the annexes to the peace agreement is based on our desire to take what is needed for Jordan and the Jordanians.”

According to a report in The Jordan Times, the king’s decision followed a request from government activists to not renew the agreement and to revoke Israeli ownership from Jordanian land.

Both areas are used by Israel for agricultural purposes.

Eyal Blum, head of the Central Arava Regional Council, said in response to Jordan’s decision, “The agricultural areas in the Tzofar enclave are very significant in terms of security of the region, livelihood and agriculture in the central Arava. This means the collapse of 30 agricultural farms on an area of 1,400 dunams [350 acres].

“I call upon Prime Minister Netanyahu to resolve this crisis immediately,” Blum said. “Apart from the agricultural importance of the areas, they constitute a buffer between the inhabited areas in the Arava and the kingdom of Jordan.”

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel announced on Sunday that he instructed the director-general of the Agriculture Ministry to prepare for a scenario in which the Jordanians implement their decision.

“The farmers will not remain alone,” he said. “We will find the best solution for them.”

According to the agreement, the annex governing the two areas will “be renewed automatically for the same periods, unless one-year prior notice of termination is given by either party, in which case, at the request of either party, consultations shall be entered into.”

Zionist Union leader Avi Gabbay told his faction meeting on Monday that Abdullah’s decision was further proof that Netanyahu is not the great statesman people claim him to be. Gabbay met two weeks ago with the king, but the issue of discontinuing parts of the peace agreement between Israel and Jordan was not raised at the meeting by either side.

Herb Keinon, Khaled Abu Toameh and Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

November 18, 2018
Leaked letter by senior IDF officer hits hard at military failures

By ANNA AHRONHEIM