Jordan ends border enclaves land lease for Israeli farmers

An Israeli soldier closes a border gate on the Israeli side of the border at the Jordan Valley site of Naharayim, also known as Baqura in Jordan, east of the Jordan river on November 10, 2019Picture copyright
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The border gates had been closed on Sunday afternoon


The King of Jordan has introduced the tip of a lease settlement that gave Israelis entry to 2 border enclaves.

Beneath a 1994 peace treaty, Israeli farmers may domesticate land within the Jordanian areas of Naharayim and Tzofar – often known as Baqura and Ghamr in Arabic.


The lease governing them was for 25 years, however may have been prolonged.

Nevertheless King Abdullah introduced final yr that he deliberate to finish the lease – in what was seen as an indication of worsening ties between Jordan and Israel.

On the time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had stated that he nonetheless hoped to barter an extension to the association.

On Sunday, because the lease expired, gates on the border had been closed, and AFP reported that Israelis had been prevented from getting into.

One farmer, Eli Arazi, informed Reuters his group had been rising crops there for 70 years, and described the tip of the lease as “a punch within the face”.

How did the deal come about?

The 2 enclaves are on the Israeli-Jordanian border, and have been privately owned by Israeli teams for a number of many years.

Israel and Jordan had been formally at battle from 1948 to 1994, till the peace treaty was signed.

The treaty was vital, as Jordan is just one of two Arab international locations that has signed a peace cope with Israel.

The settlement recognised that Jordan had sovereignty over the 2 areas – however Israel was permitted to lease the areas for 25 years.

Beneath the phrases of the annex to the peace deal, the lease could be prolonged routinely except one occasion gave discover a yr earlier than the lease ended, resulting in talks on the matter.

Why will not Jordan renew the lease?

On Sunday, as he opened a parliamentary session, King Abdullah stated that the lease had expired, and introduced “the imposition of our full sovereignty over each inch of these lands”.

The choice to not renew the lease is broadly seen as a mirrored image of the strained relationship between Jordan and Israel in recent times, with points together with the standing of Jerusalem and the shortage of progress on a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians inflicting tensions.

Can Jewish settlement concern be resolved?

Many Jordanians are of Palestinian origin, and opinion polls counsel the peace deal is unpopular with the general public.

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Beforehand, the websites had been additionally visited by Israeli vacationers

Final yr, 87 Jordanian MPs signed a petition urging an finish to the lease.

In latest months, there have additionally been tensions over Israel’s detention of two Jordanians, with out trial, for a number of months.

Jordan recalled its ambassador, and the 2 had been finally launched on Wednesday.

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