Jordan and Israel sign in Dubai a declaration of intent to exchange energy for water


Today, Monday, Jordan and Israel signed in Dubai a declaration of intent to cooperate in the production of electricity from solar energy and water desalination, with feasibility studies to begin next year.

The UAE will co-finance the cooperation, while the United States sponsored the signing of the declaration.

The agreement stipulates that Jordan will generate electricity from solar energy for Israel, which will desalinate water for Jordan, which is suffering from drought.

Jordan is one of the countries that suffer the most from water shortages, as it is facing severe droughts. And his cooperation with Israel in this field began before the peace treaty signed in 1994.

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The announcement was signed at Expo 2020 Dubai by Israeli Energy Minister Karen Al-Harr and Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation Muhammad Al-Najjar, in the presence of US climate envoy John Kerry and Emirati climate envoy Sultan Al-Jaber, according to the state-run Emirates News Agency.

An Emirati company is set to build a solar power plant in Jordan to generate electricity for Israel. The parties involved in the agreement did not disclose the cost of the project, which was reached under the auspices of the United States, according to what was reported by Agence France-Presse.

However, work on the feasibility studies for this project is scheduled to begin in 2022.

The Israeli Ministry of Energy said that the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding under which Jordan will produce 600 megawatts of renewable energy for Israel, and Israel will desalinate 200 million cubic meters of water for Jordan. No decision has been taken on the implementation period of the agreement, which was signed in Dubai.

“All residents of the Middle East will benefit from this memorandum of understanding, not just Jordan and Israel. This is a message to the world about how countries can work together to combat the climate crisis,” the Israeli energy minister said.

non-binding agreement

Today, Monday, Jordan announced that the energy agreement with Israel and the UAE is contingent on obtaining 200 million cubic meters of water annually to alleviate the water shortage crisis in the Kingdom.

Omar Salama, a spokesman for the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, said the memorandum of understanding signed in Dubai was not binding “legally or technically” and that the water-thirsty kingdom would only proceed with implementing an agreement if those quantities were secured.

And in the middle of last month, Jordan signed an agreement with Israel to buy the kingdom 50 million cubic meters of water from Tel Aviv, representing an additional amount to what was stipulated in the peace agreement signed between the two countries in 1994.

Jordan is ranked the second poorest country in the world with water, according to the global water index.

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