“Moderate” Jordanian lawmakers urge canceling $10 billion natural gas deal with Israel


More from the “moderates.” Jordan is considered the most “moderate” of the Middle Eastern Muslim countries. Jordan is supposed to have a peace treaty with Israel, but this is the reality. The Jewish State signed a peace treaty. Following in the footsteps of Muhammad in Mecca, Jordan signed a hudna – a deception, a cessation of hostilities during jihad, a retreat followed by regrouping and rearming, which permits an attack on the territory previously left behind. Jordan did not reject the ideology or doctrine of jihad.

The sanction of religious doctrines and ideologies that call for hatred, bigotry and genocide fuels not just the war on the Jewish state, but the increasingly common antisemitic attacks that we see in Europe and elsewhere.

“Jordanian lawmakers urge canceling $10 billion natural gas deal with Israel,” TOI, March 27, 2019 (thanks to Mark):

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Jordanian lawmakers are pushing for the government to cancel a $10 billion deal for the supply of natural gas from Israel, reportedly demanding that the 2016 agreement be canceled at any cost.

During a parliamentary session on Tuesday, lawmakers insisted that the kingdom seek alternative sources from other Arab states, the Jordan Times reported.

They said the deal, for 45 billion cubic meters of gas from Israel’s Leviathan offshore gas field, is a threat to Jordan’s energy security and helps support Israel’s control of the West Bank.

A US-Israeli consortium in September 2016 signed the deal with the Jordan Electric Power Company to supply the Hashemite Kingdom with natural gas for 15 years.

House Speaker Atef Tarawneh claimed broad public opinion backed rejecting the deal with the “Zionist entity” and demanded it be “canceled at any cost.”

Deputy Prime Minister Rajai Muasher said the government would refer the matter to the Constitutional Court and then decide how to act after learning the court’s opinion.

“If the court rules that the deal is between two companies and the parliament has no say over it, the government will review the agreement again and take the necessary decision in consultation with the House,” Muasher said.

Tarawneh responded that “the deal is completely rejected and we demand it gets canceled at any cost and no matter what the Constitutional Court says.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry and Energy Ministry both declined to comment on the developments. A diplomatic source, speaking condition of anonymity, said that Jerusalem avoids commenting on internal Jordanian politics.
Screen capture from video of Atef Tarawneh, the Speaker of the Lower House of the Jordanian parliament. (YouTube)

The source noted that the gas supply “answers the strategic energy needs of Jordan” and that a decision on the deal ultimately rests with the government and the monarch rather than the protesting parliamentarians. Preparations to implement the deal are proceeding as planned, the source noted.

Relations with Jordan have recently been strained over clashes on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. Jordan sees itself as custodian of Jerusalem’s Muslim holy sites, including those in the Temple Mount enclosure….

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