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For the third Friday, Jordanians continue to protest against the gas agreement with Israel

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

Demonstrators in the capital, Amman, participated, for the third consecutive Friday, in a protest march against the gas agreement signed with Israel in 2016.

The march comes in the context of the popular protest rejecting the agreement to sell Israeli gas to Jordan, which Tel Aviv began experimentally pumping to Amman since the beginning of this year.

The march, in which hundreds participated, kicked off in front of the famous Al-Husseini Mosque in the center of the capital, Amman, and walked about a kilometer to the Nakheel Square.

Local media reported that the participants chanted slogans condemning the agreement, demanding its abolition, and holding their country’s government responsible for its implementation.

On January 1, Jordan and Israel announced the start of experimental pumping of natural gas imported from Israel, in implementation of the agreement signed between the two sides in 2016.

The agreement witnessed popular and parliamentary opposition, the most recent of which was the signing of 58 deputies (out of 130) memoranda to prepare a bill to cancel the agreement, on December 15, 2019.

On Thursday, Speaker of the Parliament, Atef Tarawneh, included a proposal to cancel the gas agreement from Israel on the schedule for next Sunday’s session.

In March 2019, the Jordanian parliament adopted a unanimous decision to reject the gas agreement, but the Constitutional Court issued a decision at the time, that the agreement “does not require the approval of the National Assembly (Parliament in both parts)” because it is signed between two companies and not two governments.

The agreement, which was signed in September 2016, provides for supplying Jordan with about 45 billion cubic meters of gas, over a period of 15 years, as of January 2020.

And as announced by the Jordanian National Electricity Company, it will save about 300 million dollars through its purchase of Israeli gas, compared to its purchase from international markets.

Jordan has alternatives to Israel to import gas, represented by the Egyptian gas, which began its experimental pumping since the last quarter of 2018 to the Kingdom, in addition to Iraqi and Algerian gas.

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