Israeli farmers shut out as Jordan enclave deal expires

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Israeli farmers shut out as Jordan enclave deal expiresIsraeli farmers were shut out from two Jordanian border enclaves Sunday after a 25-year-old deal allowing them to work the land there expired amid souring ties with Amman. Israelis who long grew watermelon, wheat and other crops there braced for financial losses after Jordan declined to renew a clause on the parcels that was part of their 1994 peace agreement. For a quarter-century, Jordan had allowed the Israeli farmers access to the territories of Baqura -- also dubbed 'the Island of Peace' -- in the north as well as Ghumar in the Negev desert south.


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