Today, the pair are one of only a few hundred Jewish-Arab married couples living in Israel and unions like theirs - though rare - are a source of deep anxiety for some Israelis who believe intermarriage could ultimately mean the end of the Jewish state.
“We know that we’re the kind of marriage that Israel doesn't want and I think a lot of Muslims aren’t thrilled by it either,” said Varda, who asked that the family’s surname not be published.
Varda was adamant that her children would have bar or bat mitzvahs but the family mixes Jewish and Muslim traditions at Friday night dinner. The kids go to a mixed Arab-Jewish school but when they are 18 they will be eligible to be conscripted into the military by a state that considers them Jewish because their mother is a Jew.
His parents were unfazed when their son presented his Jewish partner to the family.
The Emirate of Transjordan was the name given to this small state when it was recognized in 1921, after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the promulgation of the Balfour Declaration.
It was not until 1946 that Transjordan became a completely sovereign state. Jordan has an area of about 35,475 square miles (91,900 square kilometers).
“Everyone on the Left wants to have an Arab friend, but would they be comfortable with their daughter dating an Arab? The pair have different ideas about whether or not they should stay in Israel.
Varda says her country is creeping towards totalitarianism and the family should move abroad, perhaps to Europe or to Canada.