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The prominent Jewish group B'nai B'rith International has nominated Jordan's King Hussein for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Hussein's "personal participation . . . was instrumental in the success" of the Wye River summit last month in Maryland that led to the Israeli-Palestinian land-for-security accord, B'nai B'rith President Richard Heideman said in a letter to the Nobel Committee.

Under the agreement signed Oct. 23 by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Israel will withdraw troops from 13 percent of the West Bank by the end of January in exchange for Palestinian efforts to crack down on terrorists.

"As perhaps the one person with sufficient trust and respect of the parties to guide them to an agreement they might not otherwise have reached, he was indispensable," Heideman said.

Hussein signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, making Jordan only the second Arab country after Egypt to make peace with Israel.

The 1978 Camp David Accords, which led to the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, earned the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize for the leaders of the two countries, Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with his foreign minister, Shimon Peres, and Arafat for reaching the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian accords in Oslo, Norway.

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