Israeli farmers concerned about Jordan ending land lease

Israeli farmers concerned about Jordan ending land lease
A Jordanian flag flies on a bridge leading from Israel to Jordan, in the Jordan valley area called Baqura, Jordanian territory that was leased to Israel under the 1994 peace agreement between the two countries, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday said he has decided not to renew the lease on two small areas of Baqura and Ghamr, that was part of his country's landmark peace treaty with Israel. The leases expire next year after 25 years. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

TSOFAR, Israel (AP) — Israeli farmers are voicing concern over Jordan’s intention not to renew parts of its landmark peace treaty with Israel that leased out two small border areas for agricultural work.

Eran Baron says Monday that farmers like him have invested lots of resources and infrastructure in Ghamr, along the southern border near Aqaba, and that he would be in ruins if denied access to his crops. He says he’s yet to hear of any change in the current arrangement. If it happens, he says “we will not be able to survive here.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah II says he plans to pull out of annexes from the 1994 peace agreement that allow Israel to lease Ghamr and the northern enclave of Baqura for 25 years. The leases expire next year.