On Tuesday, Israel formally agreed to boost Jordan’s water supplies by providing quadruple quantity of freshwater to Jordan. One of the world’s most water-scarce countries.
According to Karine Elharrar, Israel’s minister of infrastructure, energy, and water resources. The deal demonstrates that “we desire excellent neighbourly ties.”
Elharrar came to Jordan for a signing ceremony with members of the Joint Water Committee. Which oversees bilateral water ties. This brought to a close a deal that had been announce in July.
The two nations agreed at the time to sell Jordan 50 million cubic meters of water each year. Also more than tripling the amount it now provides.
“This is the greatest water sale in both nations’ history,” said Gidon Bromberg. Israel’s director of the regional environmental organization Eco Peace Middle East.
The agreement, he added, “reflects a growing realization that the climate issue. Which is already having a significant impact on the area, necessitates more collaboration.”
Israel’s and Jordan’s water supplies cooperation predates their 1994 peace deal. Although Israel is a hot and arid country, desalination technology has made it possible to export freshwater.
However according to Shaked Eliahu, a spokesman for Elharrar. The additional water Israel would give will come from the Sea of Galilee.
The water agreement comes after Israel’s former prime leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, chilled bilateral relations. Also Strengthening connections with Amman has been a goal for Naftali Bennett, who took over in June.
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In the so-called Abraham Accords, negotiated by former US President Donald Trump’s administration. Also Israel restored relations with four other Arab countries.
However, negotiations with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have stalled. However Bennett, opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state.
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