MembersShould Land be Surrendered in the “Spirit of Peace”?

Perhaps the “spirit of peace” means something different to Israel and the Arabs with whom it signs these agreements

By Tsvi Sadan | | Topics: Jordan, Naharayim
Photo: Flash90

Twenty-five years after the signing of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty in 1994, the Hashemite kingdom has decided to terminate the clause stating that “without prejudice to private rights of ownership of land within the area [of Naharayim and Tsofar on the Israeli side of the Jordan river] will remain in force for 25 years, and shall be renewed automatically for the same periods, unless one year prior notice of termination is given by either Party.” 

This is a land lease agreement that for some reason handed sovereignty over Israeli territory to Jordan, while facilitating the continued cultivation of said lands by Israelis, without interference, indefinitely.

That is in essence what the term “without prejudice” means, that the final status of the Israel-Jordan border wasn’t finalized in this treaty. The exact border line, so the Israelis thought, would be set at some point in the future “in the spirit of peace,” as written in the Agreed Minutes of the peace treaty. What this “spirit of peace” actually means is anyone’s guess.

The problem with defining the exact...

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