This Week in History: Israel and Jordan are connected

13.08.2011                      13.Aw-Elul, 5771                      Wa'etchanan

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This Week in History: Israel and Jordan are connected

After forty-six years of war and only two weeks after deciding on peace in Washington, Rabin and King Hussein open the first border crossing.

On August 8, 1994, in a desert field cleared of landmines only three days before, then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, King Hussein of Jordan and then-US secretary of state Warren Christopher oversaw the opening of a border crossing between two enemy states that only two weeks before had agreed to eventually allow passage between them.
Only three weeks earlier, the beginning of an incredibly fast-moving peace process had been launched with a visit to Jerusalem and Amman by the US secretary of state. One week after that, on July 25, Rabin and King Hussein met at the White House to sign the Washington Declaration, which contained an agreement of principles, an end to belligerency and laid out a short timeline for peace between Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The declaration pledged both countries’ determination “to bring an end to bloodshed and sorrow.”…