21 October 2018

Jordan says it won’t renew peace treaty land deal with Israel

Jordan said on Sunday 21 October it would not extend the 25-year deal, which expires next year, allowing Israel to use two tracts of territory along its border. Much of the land in Baquora in the northwestern part of the kingdom and Ghumar in the south is used by Israeli farmers, some of whom were given private land ownership rights and special travel rights under a 1994 peace treaty between the two countries. King Abdullah has been under increasing public pressure to end the arrangements with Israel, mostly, after an incident last year in which an Israeli security guard killed two Jordanian citizens within the Israeli embassy compound. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking after Abdullah’s comments on Sunday, acknowledged that Jordan wanted to exercise its option to end the arrangement, but said Israel “will enter negotiations with it on the possibility of extending the current arrangement”.

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