A Massive Solar Deal: What Is Jordan, Israel and UAE up to?

Published November 21st, 2021 - 12:30 GMT
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Highlights
The solar farm agreement might be attended by US climate envoy, John Kerry.

An alleged agreement is likely to be reached between Jordan, UAE and Israel to build a massive solar farm in the Jordanian desert with Emirati funding which is aimed at generating electricity for the occupation.

In exchange for the solar farm, Israeli authorities will build a water desalination plant on the Mediterranean coast to provide water to Jordan, Amman Net reported.

Moreover, according to Israeli officials’ statement to Axios, delegations from Israel, Jordan and UAE are likely to meet in Dubai on Monday, 22 November to discuss and ink the unprecedented agreement. The deal was pushed by the US climate envoy John Kerry.

According to the report shared by the Israeli website Walla News, the agreement is set to be signed by the Israeli Minister of Energy Karen Elharar, and on the Jordanian side, Minister of Water and Irrigation Muhammad Al-Najjar, and the Emirati representative for climate issues, Sultan Al-Jaber, in the presence of US climate envoy John Kerry.

Various reactions flooded social media since the announcement of the alleged deal. One said the country buys gas from the occupier to generate electricity for Jordan. And Jordan wants to build a solar farm for the benefit of Israel, while it will use the power generation to sweeten the seawater for Jordan. “I do not understand why all this mess!”

Another person commented: “Why should the Jordanian government rely on Israel to set up a desalination plant on the Mediterranean and provide us with water when we have the Aqaba sea, and it is possible to set up a Jordanian desalination plant and achieve self-sufficiency?”

On the other hand, a Twitter user has supported the alleged deal and said the solar farm agreement will save Jordan from water scarcity. Jordan is currently suffering water shortages as most of the country’s dams are almost without any water.

According to a UNICEF report, Jordan is the second most water-scarce country in the world. Jordan’s annual renewable water resources are less than 100 m3 per person, significantly below the threshold of 500 m3 per person which defines severe water scarcity.


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