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Jordan-Israel relations from 1994

Oct 26,2014 - Last updated at Oct 26,2014

AMMAN — Following is a list of key dates since Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty 20 years ago:

1994 

• October 26: Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and his Jordanian counterpart Abdul Salam Majali sign a treaty to end 46 years of a state of war, in the presence of US president Bill Clinton.

Jordan becomes the second Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Tel Aviv, after Egypt in 1979. The accord guarantees Israeli security on its longest border and opens the way for economic ties.

• November 27: Diplomatic relations established. Embassies open on December 11.

 

1995 

 

• February 9: Israel withdraws from Jordanian territory it had occupied in some cases since 1948.

 

1996

• June 26: Palestinian fighters kill three Israeli soldiers on the Jordanian border.

 

1997 


 • March 13: A Jordanian soldier fires at an Israeli bus near the border, killing seven schoolchildren.

• September 25: Attempted assassination by Israeli agents of Hamas official Khaled Mishaal in Amman. Two Mossad agents arrested by Jordanian police are handed back after Israel frees Jordanian and Palestinian prisoners, including Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, at Amman's demand.

 

2000 

 

• April 23: His Majesty King Abdullah makes first official visit to Israel.

• December 5: An Israeli diplomat is wounded in Amman, three weeks after an attack on the vice consul.

 

2005

 

• February 20: Jordan sends its ambassador back to Israel, having recalled him in November 2000 in protest at Israeli repression of the Palestinian uprising launched in September 2000.

 

2010

• July 27: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds talks with King Abdullah on the Middle East peace process during a previously unannounced visit to Amman, at a time when relations are at an all-time low.

Jordan had strongly condemned Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on 31 May 2010, in which 10 Turks died.


 2012 

 

• October 17: Jordan sends a new ambassador to Israel, filling a position vacant since 2010.

The United States had called on Jordan to appoint a new ambassador, but Amman had been reluctant over what officials said was the Israel’s policies towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

 2013

 

• March 31: King Abdullah and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sign an agreement confirming their “common goal to defending” Jerusalem and its sacred sites against attempts to Judaise the Holy City.

• December 9: Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians sign a water-sharing initiative at the World Bank in Washington aimed at protecting the Dead Sea from rising demand for water in the region.


2014

 

• March 10: Israeli troops at a border crossing shoot dead a Jordanian judge who allegedly tried to snatch a soldier’s weapon, prompting Amman and the Palestinian Authority to demand an investigation.

Tensions had already risen after a series of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces at Al Aqsa Mosque compound.

• August 8: Tens of thousands of Jordanians demonstrate at the call of the Islamist opposition in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, in response to Israel’s devastating Operation Protective Edge.

• September 3: US giant Nobel Energy announces that Israel is to supply Jordan with natural gas from its vast Leviathan offshore gas field over a period of 15 years.

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