Jordan Refuses Israel’s Invitation to 25th Anniversary Celebration of Peace Agreement


Jordan Refuses Israel’s Invitation to 25th Anniversary Celebration of Peace Agreement

When Israel announced it would be holding a commemorative event to mark the 25th anniversary of its peace agreement with Jordan, they were optimistic that their neighbor would attend. Unfortunately, Jordan refused, marking a fresh set of diplomatic problems between the two nations.

The 1994 peace agreement, which allowed Israel access to the area of Naharayim, a strip of land just below the Sea of Galilee, has been undermined in recent years. In 2018, Jordan informed Israel that it would not be renewing the leasing of land under Annex 1 of the agreement, which refers to the agreed Jordanian sovereignty over Naharayim. Now, that threat has come to fruition.

Speaking of the diplomatic snub, Israeli foreign minister Yisrael Katz said the breakdown in relations is due to “the complicated reality within Jordan.”

“With all due diplomatic sensitivity, I have to say that Israel did want to have a ceremony [together with Jordan],” he explained, according to the Times of Israel. “They said that the [Israeli] government forgot and did not ask to have an event. The government did not forget; it asked [the Jordanian authorities], but it did not happen,” he added.

Tensions between the two countries were further illustrated by the lack of Jordanian representation at Monday’s conference on Israeli-Jordanian relations – not even the ambassador…

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