Peace with Israel; Jordan’s profit and loss account

Asher Susser*

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ABSTRACT: Jordan had various expectations when it initially signed the peace treaty with Israel. The Jordanians believed that the peace with Israel, coming after the Oslo Accords, would pave the way for a strategic understanding with Israel on the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank (including Arab Jerusalem) and Gaza. Such an understanding, they believed, would finally rid them of the nightmare of the ‘alternative homeland’ scenario, that ‘Jordan is Palestine’. Secondly the Jordanians assumed that the economic ‘fruits of peace’ with Israel would extricate Jordan from its perennial economic woes. Jordan would be both secure and prosperous. None of these assumptions actually materialized. The Jordanians are, therefore, profoundly disappointed by the treaty and its real results. They are as fearful as ever of the ‘alternative homeland’ scenario, and they are still suffering, as always, from an economy perpetually on the brink.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-455
Number of pages13
JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021


  • Annexation
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Palestine
  • Peace Treaty
  • West Bank


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