Jordan begins to prevent Israelis from entering Baqoura and inundation

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Jordanian authorities began barring Israelis from entering Jordanian lands in Naqoura and Ghamr (what Israelis call Naharayim) after a contract expiring Israeli farmers on those lands 25 years after a peace deal was signed.

According to the annexes of the peace agreement signed on October 26, 1994, Israel was given the right to dispose of these lands for 25 years, but this would be renewed automatically if the Jordanian government did not inform the Jewish state of its desire to reclaim these lands a year before the expiration of the term. The kingdom did.

Last year, King Abdullah decided to reclaim the land of Baqoura, east of the junction of the Jordan and Yarmouk rivers in Irbid governorate (north), and immersion in the Wadi Araba area in Aqaba governorate (south) from Israeli tutelage.

An AFP correspondent in northern Israel said on Sunday that the yellow gate leading to a bridge over the river separating the two countries from which Israeli farmers enter Naqoura was closed.

The Wadi Araba Treaty, signed on 26 October 1994, formally ended decades of state of war between the two countries.

This treaty has not gained popular legitimacy in Jordan to date, but in the eyes of the largest segment of Jordanians whose country bordered Israel and the Palestinian territories and more than half of them are of Palestinian origin, Israel remains an “enemy”.

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