Jordan’s King Announces ‘Full Sovereignty’ Over Lands Leased to Israel

SOURCE: (i24 News)

Israelis were prevented from entering Jordanian border enclaves after a temporary deal there expired.

Jordan’s King Abdullah announced on Sunday that the his country has applied “full sovereignty” over lands it agreed to lease to Israel as part of a landmark peace agreement 25 years ago. 

Earlier Sunday, Israelis were prevented from entering Jordanian border enclaves after a deal allowing farmers to work land there expired. 

According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amman will respect private property rights in Baqura, known in Hebrew as Naharayim, in the south,

Jordan will allow Israeli farmers harvest the crops planted prior to the expiration of the lease in Ghumar, known in Hebrew as Tzofar, in the north.

Israeli farmers have been allowed to access the two territories since the two countries signed the deal in 1994. 

In October last year however, Jordan’s King Abdullah said his country had notified Israel that it wants them back. 

The lands have been privately owned by Israeli entities for decades, but the 1994 deal saw the kingdom retain sovereignty there.

Opinion polls have repeatedly found that the peace treaty with Israel is overwhelmingly opposed by Jordanians, more than half of whom are of Palestinian origin.

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