Geopolitical considerations have been, and will remain, highly influential in the evolution of Jordanian legislation affecting media. Since the state of Israel was created in Palestine in 1948, the histories of Jordan and the Palestinians have been closely linked. Waves of Palestinian refugees fled to Jordan in 1948 and again in 1967, when Israel occupied Arab territories during the Arab-Israeli war. Today a large proportion of Jordan’s population is of Palestinian origin. The changing status of the West Bank, the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty of 1994, and a history of unstable relations between the Jordanian and Palestinian leaderships form a prominent backdrop to the struggle over Jordanian media law reform.