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Jordan Seeks Renewal of Water Deal with Israel Amidst Eased Tensions

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In a significant diplomatic turnaround, Jordan has reached out to Israel to renew a crucial water agreement, marking a potential shift in bilateral relations.

The move comes just months after Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi’s vehement opposition to an earlier water-for-energy deal, citing Israeli actions in Gaza.

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The initial deal, brokered between Jordan, Israel, and the UAE, aimed to exchange solar energy for desalinated water. However, Safadi’s strong condemnation of Israeli actions in Gaza halted the agreement’s progress, leading to a diplomatic standoff between the two nations.

Fast forward to the present, and Jordan has reportedly requested the renewal of a separate water deal with Israel, seeking an additional 50 million cubic meters beyond the 1994 peace treaty obligations.

This surprising development follows Jordan’s earlier withdrawal of ambassadors and heightened anti-Israel rhetoric.

The decision to seek a renewal underscores Jordan’s pragmatic approach to regional cooperation, despite recent tensions.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s willingness to double Israel’s water supply to Jordan in 2021 signaled a positive shift in bilateral relations, emphasizing mutual interests and good neighborly relations.

However, Israel’s response to Jordan’s request hinges on several conditions, including a cessation of anti-Israel rhetoric from top Jordanian officials and the restoration of diplomatic relations to pre-October 7 levels.

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This signals Israel’s desire for genuine cooperation and a return to constructive dialogue between the two nations.

The potential renewal of the water deal marks a crucial step towards stability in the region, highlighting the strategic importance of the peace agreement between Israel and Jordan.

A stable Hashemite Kingdom serves as a buffer against hostile forces to Israel’s east, safeguarding regional security and stability.

Despite past tensions and inflammatory rhetoric, both Jordan and Israel recognize the mutual benefits of cooperation and are poised to rekindle diplomatic ties.

The willingness to negotiate and compromise demonstrates a shared commitment to peace and prosperity in the Middle East.

In a world fraught with geopolitical challenges, the potential renewal of the water deal between Jordan and Israel offers a glimmer of hope for improved relations and enhanced regional cooperation.

As negotiations continue, the international community watches closely, hoping for a breakthrough that paves the way for a brighter future in the Middle East.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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