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What Was the 1994 Washington Declaration?

General Reference (not clearly pro or con)

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (left), U.S. President Bill Clinton (center), and
King Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (right)
Presentation of the Washington Declaration on the Whitehouse lawn, July 25, 1994

The Washington Declarartion, signed by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, King Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and US President Bill Clinton on July 25, 1994, began with the following text:

"A. After generations of hostility, blood, and tears and in the wake of years of pain and wars, His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin are determined to bring an end to bloodshed and sorrow. It is in this spirit that His Majesty King Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Mr. Yitzhak Rabin of Israel, met in Washington today at the invitation of President William J. Clinton of the United States of America. The initiative of President William J. Clinton constitutes an historic landmark in the United States untiring efforts in promoting peace and stability in the Middle East. The personal involvement of the president has made it possible to realize agreement on the content of this historic declaration. The signing of this declaration bears testimony to the president's vision and devotion to the cause of peace.

B. In their meeting, His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin have jointly reaffirmed the five underlying principles of their understanding on an Agreed Common Agenda designed to reach the goal of a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace between the Arab States and the Palestinians, with Israel.

1. Jordan and Israel aim at the achievement of just, lasting, and comprehensive peace between Israel and its neighbors and at the conclusion of a Treaty of Peace between both countries.

2. The two countries will vigorously continue their negotiations to arrive at a state of peace, based on Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 in all their aspects, and founded on freedom, equality and justice.

3. Israel respects the present special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Moslem holy shrines in Jerusalem. When negotiations on the permanent status will take place, Israel will give high priority to the Jordanian historic role in these shrines. In addition, the two sides have agreed to act together to promote interfaith relations among the three monotheistic religions.

4. The two countries recognize their right and obligation to live in peace with each other as well as with all states within secure and recognized boundaries. The two states affirmed their respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political independence of every state in the area.

5. The two countries desire to develop good neighborly relations of cooperation between them to ensure lasting security and to avoid threats and the use of force between them."

July 25, 1994 - The Washington Declaration (15.8 KB)  

The San Francisco Chronicle, in a July 26, 1994 editorial wrote:

"For the second time in nine months, bitter Middle Eastern enemies have leaped over decades of history to find themselves clasping hands on the White House lawn and agreeing that reconciliation is the key to prosperity and peace to their troubled lands. Yesterday's triumphant signing of the Washington Declaration by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein of Jordan recalled last September's meeting between Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat, and both meetings echoed with the reverberations of the historic 1979 Camp David peace agreement between Israel and Egypt...

The Israel-Jordan agreement represents far more than a mere cessation of 46 years of warfare. It is, as King Hussein said, an agreement to move forward toward hope -- 'a moment of commitment and of vision...'

But yesterday's achievement brings those tough issues into the immediate foreground and provides a badly needed boost to move toward resolution and comprehensive peace."

July 26, 1994 - San Francisco Chronicle