Published On: Thu, Sep 4th, 2014

A Fearful Jordan Clarifies: Natural Gas Deal Not with Israel

Jordan's electric company

Alarmed by the political ramifications of being accused of dealing with the Zionists, what with ISIS at their door and 85 percent of their population being Palestinians, Jordanian authorities were quick to announce Wednesday night that the $15 billion deal Jordan just signed, to receive natural gas from the Leviathan site—probably via a pipeline across Israel—was not with Israel.

Instead, according to Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hamed, speaking to the newspaper ad dustour, the deal was between the Jordanian electric company and the U.S. company Noble Energy.

Hamed added that the deal is yet to be signed, and so far it’s only at the mutual understanding phase.

Jordan, like Israel, has been hurt by the Muslim Brothers government to stop its natural gas pipe in the Sinai, two years ago.

But the story as it currently appears in Jordan Times exposes the energy minister’s statement for what it is: an attempt to quickly deny his country’s strong economic bonds with the Jewish State.

A report titled: “Electricity company to buy gas from Israel, ” opens: ” State-owned National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) will sign a deal in November to buy natural gas from Israeli fields starting late 2017, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Mohammad Hamed said Wednesday.”

Jordan imports about 96 per cent of its annual energy needs at a total cost of 20 per cent of the gross domestic product.

Jordan’s GDP is $31.24 billion.

Israel’s GDP is $242.9 billion. Egypt’s GDP, with 81 million citizens, is only $257.3 billion.

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