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Jordan, Israel sign deal for agricultural imports during shmita year

A general view shows agricultural land at the border area of ​​Baqoura, near the Israeli-Jordanian border, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
A general view shows agricultural land at the border area of ​​Baqoura, near the Israeli-Jordanian border, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Jerusalem and Amman sign an agreement to prioritize agricultural imports from Jordan to Israel during the upcoming shmita year.

During shmita, the biblical sabbatical year that begins in September, observant Jews avoid consuming produce from Jewish-owned lands in Israel, which are supposed to rest.

Agriculture Minister Oded Forer meets with his Jordanian counterpart — as well as the nations’ respective ambassadors — to discuss boosting agricultural cooperation in a variety of areas.

Under the deal, Jordanian agricultural imports will be prioritized “to attend to the observant population in Israel on the one hand, as well as implement the benefits [to Jordan] stipulated in the trade agreement,” says the Foreign Ministry.

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