On October 26, 1994, Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty that normalized relations between the two countries, which had been hostile since Israel's founding in 1948. The treaty made Jordan the second Arab country, after Egypt, to recognize the State of Israel. The Clinton administration brokered the treaty as part of its diplomatic effort to generate an atmosphere of coexistence between the different parties in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Liberation Organization. A preliminary agreement was reached in Washington on July 25 between Israel's prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, and Jordan's King Hussein for an "end to bloodshed and sorrow, and by October, the treaty was ready to be signed at Arabah, a southern border crossing between the two countries. The region is very hot and dry, which accounts for President Bill Clinton's large sunglasses. This documentary photograph was taken by official White House photographer Diana Walker.