Israel-Jordan Cooperation in 2019: Continued Deterioration

Author
Yitzhak Gal
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Mitvim: The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies
Abstract
The year 2019 saw additional deterioration in Israel-Jordan relations to the point where ties can be described as “toxic”. Israel’s continued callous disregard of Jordanian sensitivities and interests on policy issues (such as al-Haram a-Sharif/Temple Mount) and economic issues (such as water), was further exacerbated by the particularly volatile issue of the Jordan Valley annexation. Strong security ties continued to provide the basis of the relationship, although they are conducted largely behind the scenes. Economic and civilian cooperation declined, except for the Israeli gas exports to Jordan, which are of strategic importance. Nonetheless, and despite Jordan’s frustration, anger and disappointment with Israel, new content can be infused into the relationship in order to rehabilitate it. Both states have a clear interest in cooperation.
Topic
Diplomacy, Treaties and Agreements, Bilateral Relations, Peace, Trade
Political Geography
Middle East, Israel, Jordan