Israeli Farmland Set To Be Handed Back To Jordan

The Island of Peace in Naharayim, northern Israel, on the border with Jordan, on March 31, 2017 (Photo by Yaakov Lederman/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JNS) — Israel will have to return two parcels of agricultural land in the Jordan Valley to Jordan after the Hashemite Kingdom refused to extend a lease on the lands outlined in the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty.

The transition will affect dozens of Israeli farmers who have been working the 247 acres of land for the past 25 years.

The two parcels of land, Naharayim in the Jordan Valley and Tzofar in the Arava, include the Island of Peace Park at the junction between the Jordan and Yarmouk rivers. They were returned to Jordan as part of the 1994 peace treaty, but leased by Israel under a special clause with the provision that Israel would have use of the land for 25 years and be able to renew as a matter of procedure.

However, in October 2018, Jordan’s King Abdullah announced that he would terminate the lease. Israel attempted to solve the matter through diplomatic channels, but without success.

As part of the 1994 treaty, Israel supplies Jordan with 45 million cubic meters of water every year, a number that has increased to 55 million over the last few years. In 2018, Amman asked Israel to expand the annual quota to a whopping 100 million cubic meters.

In 1997, a Jordanian soldier opened fire on an Israeli school trip to the Island of Peace, killing seven teenage schoolgirls and seriously wounding six others.

Jordan’s King Hussein visited the girls’ families to express his condolences personally.

Diplomatic discussions with regard to the land transfers are still ongoing.

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    • Read again, the Island of Peace is where that Jordanian coward opened fire on innocent school children adn that’s part of what’s being returned to Jordan. Of course it’s part of teh story, and how.

        • we are Jews and do not forget we still sit on the ground and morn the Temple that was destroyed more then 2000 years ago and we do not forget the fallen nor will our GOD

          Sivan Fathi, 13, of Tzelafon
          Karen Cohen, 14, of Beit Shemesh
          Ya’ala Me’iri, 13, of Beit Shemesh
          Shiri Badayev, 14, of Beit Shemesh
          Natali Alkalai, 13, of Beit Shemesh
          Adi Malka, 13, of Beit Shemesh
          Nirit Cohen, 13, of Beit Shemesh

          in contrast to the arab mother of the murderer who in full (fail in the end) arab doctrine is proud of her son who honored islam (the religion of …..peace???)

  1. I’m a Jordanian who born in Jordan after my grandfather run away to jordan I didn’t know about the sad story of shooting UnArmed school students even if there was a war army should keep it on army not innocent people and teenagers
    I’m against war and hatred

    Some of The Jordanians are bad
    Doesn’t mean all of them the same
    Don’t show us like barbaric humans

  2. Israel should stop all water allocations o TransJordan as a response. Israel always proves she wants Shalom (Peace) with the 3rd world neighbors. They just want war.

    All because of breaking up a monopoly of Arab-Muslim land. Imagine if the region was Israeli controlled. The desserts would flourish, new archeological findings would be in the news more frequently.


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