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The Washington Declaration, which was signed by His Majesty King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at the White House on July 25, 1994, formally ended the 46-year state of war between Jordan and Israel. The Declaration committed both Jordan and Israel to aim at the “achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between Arab states and the Palestinians, with Israel.”

The document also safeguards Islamic control over the Muslim Holy Sites of Jerusalem, as Israel: “respects the present role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the Muslim Holy Shrines in Jerusalem. When negotiations on the permanent status will take place, Israel will give high priority to the Jordanian historic role in these shrines.”

The Washington Declaration also mandates a number of practical steps such as the establishment of direct telephone links between Jordan and Israel, the opening of two new border crossings between the two countries, linking of the Jordanian and Israeli power grids and police cooperation in combatting crime. The signing of the Washington Declaration paved the way for Jordan and Israel to reach agreement on their Treaty of Peace, which they signed on October 26, 1994.


The Washington Declaration

July 25, 1994