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Jordan and Israel Sign Agriculture Agreement for Shmita Year

Jordan and Israel signed an agricultural cooperation agreement ahead of the shmita year, in a meeting between Agriculture Minister Oded Forer and his Jordanian counterpart, Rasan al-Majali, on the border between the countries on Tuesday.

“Shmita” is the biblical commandment for the Land of Israel to lie fallow every seven years, and Jewish farmers in most of modern Israel must observe it for their produce to be certified kosher.

One solution Israel has found is to purchase produce from neighboring Arab populations; other solutions, which are preferred by many religious Zionists, include symbolically selling their land to a gentile or moving their farms from private to collectively owned for the shmita year.

Forer and Majali met on the Allenby Bridge, along with the ambassadors of the two countries.

They agreed for Israel to import Jordanian produce in the coming years. The Agriculture Ministry said it would diversify the sources of fruits and vegetables for those who keep kosher and take advantage of benefits in the trade agreement between the countries. (JPost / VFI News)

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