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On Ammunition Hill, almost half a century later, fighters from both banks of the Jordan find a kind of peace
by Elhanan Miller
The Times of Israel Translate This Article
5 July 2012
On 5 July 2012 The Times of Israel reported:
Flowers replaced rifles at a unique encounter between Israeli and Jordanian veterans of the Six Day War. Nearly 18 years have passed since Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein signed the Jordan Valley peace agreement, normalizing relations between Israel and Jordan. But even the most obsessive observers of Israeli-Jordanian ties find it hard to remember an encounter as extraordinary and emotional as the one that took place in Jerusalem mid-June, away from the limelight, between veterans of the Six Day War from both sides. A group of 20 veterans, mostly-high ranking Jordanian and Israeli retired officers, met in Jerusalem 18 and 19 June and toured the sites of battles that pitted them against each other nearly half a century ago. 'We once looked at each other through the barrels of guns,' said one man. 'Now we shook hands and exchanged war stories.' One Israeli veteran asked, 'What were we doing killing each other?'
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