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Israeli minister wants oil transporting deal with UAE scrapped

Energy Minister Karen Al-Harrar says deal does not benefit Israel

16.11.2021
Israeli minister wants oil transporting deal with UAE scrapped File Photo

JERUSALEM 

Israeli Minister of Energy, Karen Al-Harrar, has called for cancelling a deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to transport Emirati crude oil via Israel to Europe, citing environmental risks, according to local media on Tuesday.


"This agreement must be canceled, it has no any advantage for the State of Israel," Al-Harar told Israel's Army Radio. "The environmental risks are already severe enough.”


Israeli environmental activists had previously protested against the Israeli-UAE deal demanding its cancellation.


In October 2020, Israeli state firm Europe Asia Pipeline Co (EAPC) and UAE-based MED-RED Land Bridge Ltd signed an agreement to transport crude oil and fuel from the Gulf to Western markets via a pipeline between Eilat on the Red Sea and the Mediterranean port of Ashkelon.


At the time, the Israeli economic newspaper Globes said that exporting oil to Europe through a land pipeline linking Israel and the Gulf states will help bypass the dangerous and costly shipping routes of the Strait of Hormuz and the Suez Canal.


In September 2020, the UAE and Israel signed a US-sponsored deal to normalize their relations. Since then, the two countries have signed dozens of bilateral agreements in various fields, including investment, banking services, and tourism.


*Writing by Ibrahim Mukhtar in Ankara

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