‘Triumph of Vision’: Israel’s President Marks 27th Anniversary of Peace Treaty with Jordan

27 October, 2021   |   1 month ago

Jerusalem, 27 October, 2021 (TPS) -- Israel’s President Isaac Herzog sent a letter to King Abdullah II of Jordan on the 27th anniversary of the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty, lauding the “supreme strategic value of peace.”

“Anyone present at the ceremony at the southern border crossing of Arabah on October 26th, 1994 will never forget the fine day on which your father, King Hussein, and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin demonstrated the true meaning of leadership by taking responsibility for their nations’ fate,” wrote Herzog.

“The signing of the agreement represented the triumph of vision over extremism and cynicism,” he declared. “Twenty-seven years later, the supreme strategic value of peace should be clear to all. Only by deepening and expanding our ties across all levels of government and civil society, and in all fields of cooperation, can we safeguard this indispensable asset of peace.”

“I look forward to seeing our bilateral cooperation grow in the fields of agriculture, water, trade, innovation, hi-tech, and more over the course of my Presidency, for the benefit of both our nations and the region as a whole,” the letter said.

Herzog met with King Abdullah in Jordan a few weeks ago.

Israel’s diplomatic relations with Jordan have been tense for years.

While Jordan officially remains committed to the peace agreement, relations are limited largely to behind-the-scenes security ties and some environmental cooperation.

The Jordanians overwhelmingly reject the peace agreement and any form of normalization with Israel.