On This Day

The White House
Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein shakes
hands as President Clinton applauds at
the treaty ceremony, Oct. 26, 1994.

On This Day: Israel and Jordan Sign Peace Treaty

October 26, 2011 06:00 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
On Oct. 26, 1994, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty establishing normalized relations between the two countries.

The Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace

Israel sought peace negotiations with Jordan after it signed a peace treaty with the Palestinian Liberation Organization in September 1993. Israel and Jordan reached an agreement on July 25, 1994, to end the “state of belligerency” between them that had existed since Israel’s founding in 1948. The two sides pledged to seek peace after “generations of hostility, blood and tears and in the wake of years of pain and wars.”

The continued peace talks produced the Oct. 26 treaty, in which the two countries opened normalized relations with each other, pledged to respect each other’s sovereignty, settled borders, and addressed numerous other issues, including water supply. Jordan became just the second Arab country to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel, following Egypt in 1979.

The treaty was seen as a very promising development in the Arab-Israeli conflict. “With Israel also having agreed to the start of Palestinian self-rule in parts of the occupied territories, it is now closer than ever to a long-held goal of coming to terms with all of its immediate Arab neighbors,” wrote The New York Times.

Israel and Jordan have maintained generally peaceful relations since the 1994 treaty. No other Arab state has agreed to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, however.

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