Menu JTA Search

Arabs See the Israeli Sights

Israel has no peace treaty with Jordan and is technically in a state of war with other Arab countries. But this does not prevent nationals of those countries from visiting Israel and enjoying the amenities offered tourists from anywhere in the world, Yediot Achronot reported Tuesday.

Remarking on the new phenomenon of informal relations with Jordan, the paper reported that children of Jordanians who visit relatives in the West Bank go to Tel Aviv, where they shop on Dizengoff Street and swim at the beaches.

Senior Jordanian officials who come to the administered territories, in connection with King Hussein’s five-year plan to improve Palestinian living conditions, often visit Tel Aviv and other parts of Israel. In fact, according to Yediot Achronot, tens of thousands of visitors from other Arab countries combine visits to relatives in the territories with sightseeing and shopping in Israel.

NEXT STORY