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Bay of Eilat

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Jordan’s rate of unemployment is high in the country’s south. But a proposal by the Israeli government is expected to help alleviate some of that unemployment. The Israeli cabinet on Sunday, June 29, approved a proposal to employ up to 1,500 Jordanian workers in hotels in Eilat.

According to the proposal, the workers would be day workers who return to Jordan at the end of the working day and would be employed in cleaning, dishwashing and room service in Eilat hotels. The proposal aim to solve the manpower crisis in Eilat hotels, which is expected to increase during the peak of the summer tourism season.

The Israeli Tourism Ministry also noted that the arrangement will contribute to the relationship between Israel and Jordan, which signed a peace treaty in 1994.

Tourism Minister, Dr. Uzi Landau stated that: “We have decided to advance the issue of work visa approvals for Jordanian workers in Eilat out of a desire to strengthen the hotel industry. There is a serious crisis in manpower in Eilat hotels that will only intensify as the summer peak season approaches.”

“This crisis could significantly damage the Eilat tourism industry, harming the income and jobs of tens of thousands of families, primarily from the less affluent strata of society. The importance of the tourism industry is in its ability to create jobs that lead to reduced economic and social gaps. An approval of the proposal will provide an answer to the labor shortage and I am convinced that the process will even strengthen the peace between Israel and Jordan,” added Landau.

There are 12,000 hotel rooms in Eilat, and thousands of workers are required to cover positions in cleaning, dishwashing and room service. The situation is particularly acute given the lack of urban infrastructure in the city that could help with the recruitment of employees. Several short-term solutions have been used to solve this problem of providing workers for the hotel industry in the resort.

As a result of a prior agreement signed between Israel and Jordan, there are currently up to 300 day workers from Jordan working in different areas in Eilat. This agreement has been working satisfactorily according to the Tourism Ministry since the year 2000 with about 170 Jordanian workers crossing into Eilat and returning home at the end of the day.

The modern city of Eilat was established in 1950, with the tourism industry developing in the city towards the end of the 1960′s. A leading tourist city today, Eilat is located on the southernmost tip of Israel, with its famous coral reef and unique marine life running along its Red Sea shores.

About the Author: Anav Silverman is a regular contributor to Tazpit News Agency.


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18 Responses to “Jordanians to Work in Eilat Hotels”

  1. Mike Burke says:

    What an idiotic thing!

  2. David Darko says:

    Yisreal must be extra careful, they will invite terrorist into the country.

  3. Why is it idiotic Mike – they are unemployed & Israel has jobs available! Fine if U want to work then you can but we have rules to follow! Eilat is right on the Jordanian border anyway – work our side, live your own side! Whats wrong with that! U are absolutely right David!

  4. Why is it idiotic Mike – they are unemployed & Israel has jobs available! Fine if U want to work then you can but we have rules to follow! Eilat is right on the Jordanian border anyway – work our side, live your own side! Whats wrong with that! U are absolutely right David!

  5. Ronnie Pleet says:

    This very problematic. Opening for a terrorist???

  6. Wasem Donea take a look here

  7. Muriel Tebid says:

    Israelis don’t want the jobs or they would go to Elliat and work there. Same issue in the U.S. But guest workers can be checked out thoroughly first. But yes, better the Israelis take the jobs- but they don’t want them.

  8. Muriel Tebid says:

    Israelis don’t want the jobs or they would go to Elliat and work there. Same issue in the U.S. But guest workers can be checked out thoroughly first. But yes, better the Israelis take the jobs- but they don’t want them.

  9. Muriel Tebid says:

    Israelis don’t want the jobs or they would go to Elliat and work there. Same issue in the U.S. But guest workers can be checked out thoroughly first. But yes, better the Israelis take the jobs- but they don’t want them.

  10. Muriel Tebid says:

    Israelis don’t want the jobs or they would go to Elliat and work there. Same issue in the U.S. But guest workers can be checked out thoroughly first. But yes, better the Israelis take the jobs- but they don’t want them.

  11. And if terrorists want to easily infiltrate as guest workers then this is the smartest plan by far. Stupid.

  12. Josh Barrack says:

    Eleanor, you’re delusional. Millions of Israelis live in poverty, and Jordan wouldn’t lift a finger to save any of us. We should shoot any of them that attempt to cross the border, but we don’t have the balls anymore.

  13. Mike Burke says:

    Absolutely. As if there are not enough terrorists in the existing Arab population inside the country… they do this instead of building housing in Eilat to attract workers from the domestic labour pool!

  14. JoAnn Morris says:

    David said it was stupid..and YOU agreed. Make up your mind! Can’t have it both ways!! David is correct…chance of terrorist in Eliat.

  15. David Pitch says:

    Jordanians have worked in Eilat hotels for Years, this isn’t new

  16. Awesome. But watch out for terrorism

  17. better vet them carefully!

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