Israeli PM Approves 50 Mln Cubic Meters Sale of Water to Jordan

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (AP)
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (AP)
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Israeli PM Approves 50 Mln Cubic Meters Sale of Water to Jordan

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (AP)
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (AP)

Israel’s newly-elected Prime Minister Naftali Bennett approved the immediate sale of 50 million cubic meters of water to Jordan, to be followed by another 50 million next year, in a step to improve relations with Amman.

Bennett's spokesman said that Jordan might potentially get the same amount of water for the next five years and the Israeli National Security Council would discuss the matter each year separately.

Political sources in Tel Aviv noted that the Biden administration was active in applying pressure on Israel to agree to Jordan’s request, to improve recently-soured relations between the two countries.

Bennett wanted to put an end to the tense bilateral relations, which Netanyahu is accused of sabotaging.

Israel supplies Jordan with about 55 million cubic meters of water annually, according to the peace agreement signed between the two in 1994. However, Jordan's water needs to be increased significantly after the influx of about three million refugees from Iraq and Syria.

Israel increased the quantities of water according to Jordanian demand, and Jordan paid 40 cents per cubic meter, four times the regular price.

However, political relations between the two countries became tense in 2017, following the tensions in East Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque, which Netanyahu used as a tool of pressure.

The former PM refused Jordan's requests for additional water supplies, and earlier this year, tensions heightened after Israel imposed impossible conditions on the Jordanian Crown Prince's visit to Jerusalem, prompting him to cancel the trip.

Jordan responded by delaying an order to allow Netanyahu's plane to pass over Jordanian airspace, on its way to the UAE. Netanyahu was forced to cancel his trip.

Last April, Netanyahu backed down and agreed to provide Jordan with additional water. But the deal was not completed and was transferred to the new Israeli government.

Bennett approved the additional quantities, saying his approval was based on the position of the professional officials in the Israeli Water Authority, who confirmed that the situation in the Sea of ​​Galilee allowed the request to be met.

He explained that Jordan will pay the full price for the water, and that "this kind gesture will not cost the Israeli taxpayer anything."



AlKhorayef: Saudi Arabia Has Become a Major Global Player in Mining Sector

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
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AlKhorayef: Saudi Arabia Has Become a Major Global Player in Mining Sector

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef stressed on Tuesday that the Kingdom has proven its strength in the field of mining, becoming a major global player in the field.

It is forging ahead in developing its mining sector as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to diversify its economy, he said during his participation in a roundtable meeting organized by the Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo during his official visit to Brazil.

The roundtable was attended by several leading figures in the mineral wealth sector.

AlKhorayef said mining is a global issue that demands international leadership and cooperation given its importance in pushing forward the energy transition across the world.

“The Kingdom recognizes that global mineral production challenges require collective leadership,” he added.

“Our strategy for real progress is rooted in collaboration, and while we maintain our ambitious goals, we focus on forging strong partnerships worldwide,” he stressed.

“Mineral production transcends economic value; it embodies the potential of our country and people. With our rich resources, skilled workforce, and exceptional investment opportunities, the Kingdom is poised for transformative growth,” he went on to say.

Moreover, AlKhorayef highlighted the fourth edition of the International Mining and Resources Conference, set to take place in Riyadh in January, saying it has become the most important platform for discussing opportunities, issues, and solutions in the global mining sector.

The minister said Saudi Arabia’s national industry strategy aims to diversify 12 main sectors and provide job opportunities at over 800 projects that are worth a trillion riyals.

Furthermore, the minister said Saudi Arabia was seeking to “revolutionize the pharmaceutical sector, with a target to localize 80-90% of insulin production and attract top-tier investments in healthcare.”

He highlighted the Kingdom’s wealth of natural resources and human capital, major investment opportunities and modern infrastructure.

AlKhorayef kicked off his visit to Brazil on July 22. He is later set to visit Chile.