Rai al-Youm judges the water-for-electricity deal involving the UAE, Cairo, Amman and Tel Aviv as the most perfect realization of the Abrahamic Accords. What if this ridiculous deal to sell the Jordanians their own stolen water, in exchange for a power plant in Jordan that Abu Dhabi will have to finance, is really just a prelude to the dissolution of Israel? Gaza to Cairo and the West Bank to Jordan?
Rai al-Youm columnist Abdel Bari Atwan refers to an agreement signed almost a week ago by Jordan and the Israeli regime in the presence of the ministers of water and energy of both parties at the Dubai “Expo”, organized under the title “Energy for Water”.
Atwan relies on official announcements from both sides to say that this agreement could be part of a so-called “political normalization” project that would see “a return of the West Bank to Jordanian protectorate, with Gaza returned to Egypt and the Palestinian case closed forever.
“In other words, this project, which is supported financially by the United Arab Emirates and politically by the United States, is a literal implementation of the plans put forward by Jared Kushner, advisor and son-in-law of former U.S. President Donald Trump, at the Manama conference in June 2019 in which Jordan had participated, Israel and most of the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf, and it is not by chance that the financial cost of this project was estimated at 7.5 billion dollars, a figure set by the son-in-law of the American president in Manama as part of what was called at the time the ‘Deal of the Century’,” recalls Atwan, who adds:
“It is true that the Jordanian-Israeli-Emirati tripartite agreement was initialed and described as a “declaration of intent”, and not as a treaty or cooperation agreement, and yet stipulates that Jordan produce electricity from solar energy for “Israel”, the latter having to desalinate water for Jordan in return; however, in our experience, all agreements designed as “statements of intent” have been practically implemented on the ground, including the  agreement that allowed Jordan to buy natural gas from the Israelis that was stolen from the Palestinians… And how is the [Israeli-Jordanian-Emirati tripartite] agreement a mere statement of intent, when the United Arab Emirates has already bought 4800 dunums of land in Jordan to establish solar panels? ”
Moreover, this agreement is hardly common sense, according to the Arab journalist. “Since when does Israel need electricity from solar energy from Jordan? Or, is it known for having invented and exported the technology of electricity production? Or, is Israel the only regime in the world with water desalination technology? The largest amount of solar energy in the world is produced in the occupied Negev desert, adjacent to southern Jordan, and the largest water desalination plants in the world are located in Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Persian Gulf, whether it is desalination of water from the Red Sea or the Persian Gulf that we are talking about…, and all the desalination plants were established at least forty years ago and under the supervision of European companies, with Israel having no part in it. (…) And if Jordan has a water crisis, why doesn’t it go to Syria, Iraq, or even Saudi Arabia, instead of calling on the Israelis for help?
Abdel Bari Atwan thus agrees that this is a “rigged and undermined” agreement, “a naive attempt to conceal a predetermined political objective, namely, to bind Jordan to the Israeli occupying regime and its security, to give Jordan the status of a strategic partner of the Israeli regime, and to strengthen Israeli political and economic control in Jordan.
“The US sponsor is the main advocate of this agreement and supports its implementation, and its representative, John Kerry, was a “false witness” to the signing process between Israeli Energy Minister Karen al-Harr and Jordanian Water and Irrigation Minister Mohammad al-Najjar.
The agreement was designed under the pretext of overcoming the climate crisis, and we do not know what Jordan has to do with this crisis; as if we would be dealing with a polluting country with the largest nuclear power plants and reactors, having played a major role in increasing the hole in the ozone layer!”