Israel is due to open in October a new 40-mile rail line between Haifa and a terminal 5 miles short of the Jordanian border; Over 650 women attended the 7th annual Temech Conference for Israeli Female Entrepreneurs on June 28 in Jerusalem, and much more.
Newly-appointed Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki enjoys long and strong ties with Israeli leaders, which would not only enable him to smooth over bilateral differences, but also bring in Israeli capital and investment to help the faltering Jordanian economy.
It is unclear why Jordan rejected Israel as the two countries signed a peace treaty in 1994, which resolved the territorial disputes between the countries and included water-sharing agreements. The countries also signed a trade treaty in 1996, and economic ties since then have grown steadily.
Several hours after Jews and Arabs clashed Sunday on the Temple Mount, Jordan accused Israel of breaching the delicate arrangement on the site. Israel has repeatedly made clear that it has no intention of changing the status quo.