Country Risk

Jordan’s decision to terminate land lease to Israel for domestic consumption, but unlikely to affect bilateral co-operation

23 October 2018


On 21 October 2018, Jordan's King Abdullah II announced that Jordan would not renew the lease of two plots of land currently leased to Israel as part of annexes to the 1994 peace treaty.

The land was leased for a 25-year renewable period, and Jordan had to give Israel one-year's notice before 20 October or the lease would automatically be renewed.

The two areas al-Baqura and al-Ghamr, are currently under Israeli private land ownership rights. Jordanian activists and parliamentarians started a campaign last year to reclaim the land. The Jordanian state, particularly the king, has been under increasing pressure to appease popular sentiment to diffuse civil unrest as it implements unpopular austerity measures.

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