Israel Vaccinates Jordanian Workers

YERUSHALAYIM -
Aerial view of beachfront hotels in Eilat. (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)

Israel began administering Covid-19 vaccinations to 700 Jordanians who were allowed to return to work in Eilat hotels on Monday, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Until now, they had been refused entry during the pandemic. But the ban was lifted at the behest of Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, the Israeli Embassy in Amman and the Jordanian authorities.

The Jordanians will undergo coronavirus tests and quarantine, in accordance with Health Ministry guidelines, before going back to their jobs in Eilat.

“The return of the workers to Israel is another step in strengthening the civil relations between Israel and Jordan,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Those relations were strained last week when Jordan denied Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu‏‏ permission to fly through its airspace for meetings in the UAE, causing the trip to be canceled. That was prompted by a dispute of security arrangements at al Aksa mosque in Yerushalayim causing the cancellation of a visit by Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah.