A delegation of seven Israeli Arabs will go to Jordan on Thursday to convey greetings to King Hussein, who is recovering from kidney surgery he recently had in the United States.
The visit is unusual, in that ordinarily, Israeli citizens are not permitted to travel to Jordan, a state with which it is technically at war.
But it is not without precedent. Fifteen years ago, missions of Israeli Arabs went to Amman to convey condolences to the king on the death of his wife, Queen Alia. Others were invited on an individual basis, to attend ceremonies such as the king’s birthday or anniversaries of his rise to the throne.
The seven who are making the current visit are Ibrahim Nimer Hussein, chairman of the Arab Local Councils Committee, four other mayors and two local religious leaders.