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Crossing the Jordan for Kosher Fare?

A Jordanian hotel has reportedly begun serving kosher meals in an effort to attract Israel tourists who observe Jewish dietary laws.

Jacco Klip, food and beverage manager at the government-owned Intercontinental Hotel in Amman, said he was considering hiring a Jewish cook to prepare kosher food.

“We have started serving these kind of meals since (Israeli) tourists began coming to Jordan,” he said.

At least 3,000 Israeli tourists have visited Jordan since July, when King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed the Washington Declaration, formally ending the 46-year state of war between the two countries. Israel and Jordan, which signed a peace treaty on Oct. 26, opened embassies last week in Tel Aviv and Amman.

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