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Israeli farmers may stay in enclaves if they register as Jordanian firms

DEBKAfile Exclusive:  Israeli farmers could continue to work the land in the enclaves reclaimed by Jordan by registering as Jordanian companies, under a compromise deal emerging from talks between Jerusalem and Amman on Monday, Oct. 22.
Our sources report that on Monday, Israel asked Jordan for explanations after King Abdullah’s abrupt decision to invoke the annexes in the 1994 peace treaty and so end Israel’s 25-year lease under Jordanian sovereignty of the Naharayim/Baqur enclave, known as the “Island of Peace, and the Zofar/Al Ghamr area in the southern Israeli Arava. The lease runs out in 2019.
In the course of these talks, a compromise proposal is reported by DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources to have gained approval from the king. The Israeli farmers working the land in the two enclaves could continue to do so if they registered ownership as Jordanian companies. They would be required to operate under Jordanian company regulations and pay taxes to the royal treasury.
The Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi’s TV statement on Monday night denying any Israeli request had been received for consultations on the issue was meant for local consumption. He made the point that Jordanian sovereignty over the two enclaves was not up for discussion. The compromise revealed here fully respects that sovereignty.

The “Island of Peace” is an artificial pocket of 1,000 dunams of land situated between the Rivers Jordan and Yarmuk. It has been farmed for decades by the veteran Kibbutz Ashdod Yaakov.
Zofar is an enclave of 4,500 dunams in the demilitarized border region of the Arava.  The Zofar Moshav uses 2,000 dunams to grow vegetables, mostly in greenhouses. To enter Zofar, it is necessary to pass through Israeli and Jordanian checkpoints. On Sunday, DEBKAfile analyzed King Abdullah’s motives for curtailing the peace treaty with Israel.

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9 thoughts on “Israeli farmers may stay in enclaves if they register as Jordanian firms

  • Oct 23, 2018 @ 8:41 at 8:41
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    Bullshit. Let him renounce any sovereignty over the Temple Mount and perhaps we will talk. The Third Temple will be built in the northern section of the Temple Mount. Otherwise we will ship the Dome of the Rock to wherever he wants it to be rebuilt.

    • Oct 23, 2018 @ 14:55 at 14:55
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      no, let’s have status quo ante, post churban Zionist sacred cow apostasy and let’s have war crimes tribeunow

  • Oct 23, 2018 @ 8:55 at 8:55
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    America will stop the pension to the little king around 500 millions per year.

  • Oct 23, 2018 @ 10:32 at 10:32
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    “Let him renounce any sovereignty over the Temple Mount and perhaps we will talk. The Third Temple will be built in the northern section of the Temple Mount. Otherwise we will ship the Dome of the Rock to wherever he wants it to be rebuilt.”

    @Jay Silverman,

    Don’t forget about shipping the Al-Aksa mosque (the one with the tarnished silver dome on top at the southern end of the Temple Mount) in the same package with the Dome of the Rock. Both have no business sitting on top of the Temple Mount.

    Now, does anyone have a couple of extra large size envelopes?

    • Oct 23, 2018 @ 13:08 at 13:08
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      The question is or was : ‘ Did anyone knew or signed this agreement in a blind gate ?” 25 years ago they say . But that place where they grow the produce to feed Israelis , and export some , is out there, we think from the times the Turks were the rulers. In anyway , those “peace loving “degenerates both conservatives and liberals were both blinded and stupid. Take Begin , that gave away Yamit and Refidim and Sharm a sheck , oil and gas , BUT kept Gasa with than 12.5 million people ???? Did anyone told him or them to do that or they were plain stupid. Take Peres and Rabin duo that brought back PLO , and gave them west bank and part of Jerusalem . Take Sharon that gave all the farms away and evicted the Jewish Gasa and west bank population , and finally Jordan where all parties including in them Barak , Livni m and Bibi ratified that agreement and gave away control over Temple Mount . Where all those leaders educated in USA ,or they where plainly out of their stupid minds . The Gola Jews syndrome , and preparation of a coll ??? Its time for some real probable military maniac to rule Israel and put these \all “leaders ” away once and for all. Democracy they need , gay rights , freedom and rights for all —Israel needs brutal maniac to rule itself , not some coalition of Desdemona .

  • Oct 23, 2018 @ 13:55 at 13:55
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    Hot heads running to comment here. Apparently none of them feel a need to respect the terms of a deal previously made with Jordan about that land. Sure, Jordan and Israel could make a new deal about the same place. But until then, Israel and the commenters so rabidly inciting above here need to honor the deal and keep their word.

    • Oct 23, 2018 @ 14:33 at 14:33
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      So only Israel has to keep deals while Arabs are free to rip them up and terrorize non-stop?

      • Oct 23, 2018 @ 15:07 at 15:07
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        The deal expires in 2019 get over it. Jordan has every right to take back their land. Its ironic now that is being taken off you ……..

  • Oct 23, 2018 @ 15:02 at 15:02
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    Does anyone remember the history of the formation of Trans-Jordan at all?…

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