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25 years ago today

25 years ago today, King Hussein of Jordan arrived in Israel’s largest city for his first public visit. The king, who is also a pilot, flew a helicopter to Tel Aviv for the ceremony honoring the successful negotiators of the 1994 Israeli-Jordanian peace talks.

Thousands of Israelis turned out to give Hussein an enthusiastic welcome, waving Jordanian flags and signs written in Arabic. The peace talks were controversial for both Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Simon Peres, but went a long way toward establishing peace between the two Middle Eastern countries. The negotiations were also spurred through personal diplomacy from U.S. President Clinton. (1996)


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