An Israeli soldier checks a worker crossing the Israeli-Jordanian border as he returns from an Israeli pepper plantation.
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A decision by Jordan's King Abdullah II to reclaim territory leased to Israel for a quarter of a century was spurred by domestic pressures and the Arab nation's struggling economy, experts said.King Abdullah said his country had notified Israel that it wants to take back two border areas: Baqura in the northern province of Irbid and Al-Ghamr in the southern province of Aqaba.Israel occupied Jordanian territories including Al-Ghamr in the 1967 Middle East War and seized Baqura when its forces infiltrated the kingdom in 1950 .During peace talks, Jordan agreed to lease the lands to Israel for a 25-year renewable period under annexes of the treaty that lay down a one-year notice period, with the kingdom retaining sovereignty.Sowell said he believes Israel does not have the legal means to challenge the Jordanian decision.
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