November 19, 2019

The Perks of "Cold Peace" for Israel and Jordan

“On Saturday, Israel marked the 25th anniversary of the 1994 peace treaty with Jordan. Jordan – less so. Israel yearns, hopes and strives for peace, despite the cynics who scoff at the idea.

The foundations of peace with Jordan date back at least 52 years. In the wake of the 1967 Six-Day War, King Hussein of Jordan understood he was deceived into entering the conflict by then-Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, and the move resulted in Amman losing its control over east Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. The savvy King Hussein realized that Israel is here to stay and decided to come to grips with this reality.

More important were the developments that took place in 1970 during Black September – a conflict fought in Jordan between Hussein’s army and the Palestine Liberation Organization, under the leadership of Yasser Arafat, from Sept. 16-27.

The monarch came to understand that Palestinian terrorism was an enemy his country and Israel had in common. He further realized that the IDF, which was keeping Syria at bay with respect to a potential invasion of Jordan, has become something of a protector of the Hashemite kingdom.”

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