Jordanian relationship in decline

Israel Loses Precious Farmland

Jordanian relationship in decline


Israel experienced a substantial loss on November 10 when Jordan officially reclaimed control of over 1,000 acres of precious farmland in the fertile Jordan River Valley. In 1994, Jordan leased the land to Israel for 25 years.

In October 2018, Jordan’s King Abdullah ii notified Israel that in one year, at the end of the 25-year treaty, it would reclaim the two stretches of land it had leased to Israel. According to the Jerusalem Post, many Jewish farmers were hoping for a "last-minute miracle." However, it never came. The land has now returned to Jordanian control.

Under the 1994 peace treaty, Israel officially recognized the two regions as Jordanian sovereignty and Jordan allowed Israel to continue using the land. Israel had already controlled and been working the land for several decades before Jordan officially leased the land to Israel. Some Israelis even trace private ownership there to the 1920s in British-mandated Palestine.


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