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The government continues to anger the Jordanians by promoting normalization with the occupation

Amman Today

publish date 2022-11-19 11:00:08

Compass – Muhammad Saad

The Jordanians once again expressed their anger at the government of Bishr al-Khasawneh’s continued signing of normalization agreements that “mortgage” strategic sectors to the Zionist occupation, the latest of which was the signing of a second “declaration of intent” with the occupation last Thursday, on the sidelines of the climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. To rehabilitate the Jordan River, whose “flow level has decreased to 7 percent, and the consequent drop in the level of the Dead Sea by 3 feet annually,” according to Petra news agency in its announcement.

And against the hashtag #Normalization_Treason, Jordanians protested on social media, saying that the government is “forcing the Jordanian citizen to normalize through vital sectors such as gas, water and electricity.”

Moataz Awwad considers the agreement with the occupation as “spitting the dust in the mouth of this people.”

And he added, through his Twitter account, “Shame on those who consider themselves an “elite” at the same time that they are silent about these betrayals of Jordan and the sanctities of the nation, and they practice strife and insults, and stir up the feelings of the general public behind useless battles instead of calling for action against the Zionist enemy..ni. A victory for Jordan’s survival on the map of existence.”

The announcement was signed on the Jordanian side by the Minister of Water and Irrigation, Eng. Muhammad al-Najjar, and on behalf of the occupation by the Minister of Environmental Protection, Tamar Zanderberg.

Activist Anas Al-Jamal announced in his tweet that he disavowed “all the agreements of humiliation and shame that were signed with the Zionist enemy, the first enemy of the nation.”

This announcement was preceded, and on the sidelines of the climate summit also, Jordan signed a memorandum of understanding with the occupation and the UAE to continue feasibility studies with the aim of generating electricity from solar energy in the Jordanian desert for the benefit of the occupation at a rate of 600 megawatts annually, in exchange for water desalination for Jordan by 200 million cubic meters annually. American sponsorship and Emirati funding.

Human rights activist Hala Ahed was surprised by “the authorities playing the tone of the challenges that Jordan is exposed to due to its positions on the Palestinian issue.”
And she said in her tweet, “It is morally, legally and politically incomprehensible to Jordan’s succession of agreements with the occupation; The Israeli entity is a threat to Jordan.”

The liberated prisoner, Sultan Al-Ajlouni, asked about what he described as a rush to “sign agreements with the Zionist enemy?” What did the youth see, why are they in a hurry?”
He called sarcastically, through his tweet, “Leave some shame for your children, who will inherit your positions.”

According to the occupation government, it says that the plan they signed with Jordan “is still inaccurate,” and Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection Tamar Zandberg said, “Cleaning up pollutants and hazards, restoring water flow, and strengthening natural ecosystems will help us prepare and adapt to the climate crisis.”

The former minister, Taher Al-Adwan, considered that these agreements are a “reward” for the occupation from the Jordanian government.

This project came after decades of neglect and delay that threatened the life of this historic river, and with it the Dead Sea, with drought. The Jordan River used to pour into the Dead Sea the equivalent of 700 million cubic meters of water annually, and in its course it irrigated people, trees and crops, and enriched the land.

The coordinator of the “Take Action” group to confront normalization, Muhammad al-Absi, says that the signed declaration of intent to “rehabilitate the Jordan River and the Dead Sea” is inseparable from the memorandum of understanding that Jordan signed with the occupation under the title “Water in exchange for electricity.”

He added, in his statements published by the “Arabi 21” website; These agreements in the water and energy file are among the priorities of the agendas of the Israeli extreme right, led by Benjamin Netanyahu. “For the entity to become a regional power to export gas to the world through Jordan, and to impose full control over the water file in Jordan, by placing 20% ​​of our water under the control of the occupation.”

He wonders: “Who is responsible for drying up the waters of the Jordan River? And he answers: “The Zionist entity is directly responsible for that, and climate change has nothing to do with it, and all of this was caused by the Jordanian negotiator regarding the water annexes in Wadi Araba, so these agreements only meet the interest of the occupation.”

In turn, the Jordanian government justifies its signing of the declaration of intent with the occupation by the impact of climate change on the amount of precipitation, and by the increasing population and the high demand for water.

The spokesman for the Jordanian Ministry of Water, Omar Salameh; He said in press statements to justify signing the agreement with the occupation, that “the signing of the memorandum of understanding stems from Jordan’s growing future needs for water resources, and the increasing need to secure them for industry, agriculture and other sectors, in light of the increasing water challenges and climate changes that Jordan faces, with an annual water deficit of more than 500 million cubic meters annually.

They added that “Jordan bears the burden of population increase, as a result of waves of refugees left by conflicts in the region, which has caused pressure on water resources,” noting that the water deficit is exacerbating year after year; As a result of the decline in rainfall and the decline in the level of groundwater, the water deficit for drinking is expected to increase during the summer of next year to more than 60 million cubic meters, as he put it.

Regarding the quantities of water that Jordan receives, Salama revealed that it receives 25 million cubic meters annually, according to the peace treaty with the occupation.

And the ministry’s spokesman adds: “In addition to that, an additional 10 million cubic meters are added outside the treaty, and additional quantities are stored in abundant rainy years by about 20 million cubic meters, in addition to collecting water from rain and groundwater.”

He pointed out that the per capita share of water in Jordan is 80 cubic meters annually, compared to 1,000 cubic meters in neighboring countries and the world. That is, it is 88% less than the global share.

He noted that Jordan is counting on a strategic project to desalinate sea water in the south of the country, and transport it 400 km to urban areas to secure part of its needs with a capacity of 300 million cubic meters annually.

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