1994 – Peace with Jordan

By Noah Abrahams (Tour Chanich 5777)

A year which is best remembered as one that provided hope for peace, 1994 saw Israel and one of its biggest neighbours settle for an end to violence. Over two pieces of paper, The State of Israel that had formally been at war with Jordan since 1948, had agreed that both countries should be in harmony. After several debates and discussions, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin agreed to sign the Washington Declaration with King Hussein of Jordan. On the 25th July 1994, both men travelled to Washington and in the presence of President Bill Clinton, the document was signed. In the October of that year, the Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace was drafted and had the signatures of both men on it.