The Forgotten Peace at Twenty-Five: How to Protect and Strengthen Israel-Jordan Ties

Author
Ghaith al-Omari, Ben Fishman
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Abstract
On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the peace treaty, both parties and the United States have strategic interests in upholding and reinforcing the relationship. The optimism that characterized the signing of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty a quarter-century ago has long since dissipated. Today, the peace rests on a strong security foundation but lacks popular support, particularly on the Jordanian side. Nevertheless, there remain important opportunities for strengthening Israel-Jordan relations and preserving that pillar of America’s steadily eroding security architecture in the Middle East. It is critical for Washington to prioritize Jordan on its agenda. This includes urging the still-to-be-formed Israeli government to take responsible action on two fronts: keeping Amman’s interests in mind when formulating policy toward the West Bank, and implementing long-delayed initiatives that would help Jordan’s struggling economy.
Topic
Security, Treaties and Agreements, Bilateral Relations, Territorial Disputes, Negotiation, Peace
Political Geography
Middle East, Israel, Palestine, Jerusalem, Jordan, United States of America