Energy minister: Israel-Jordan deal a ‘great opportunity’
Elharrar says the agreement is 'combatting the climate crisis,' which is a 'global battle'
On Monday, Israel and Jordan signed an environmentally friendly deal to exchange solar power for desalinated water, the largest such initiative between the two countries to date.
Israel’s Energy Minister Karine Elharrar spoke with i24NEWS on the details behind the agreement, explaining how it will benefit the region.
The minister said that the agreement is historic because representatives from four countries came together to formulate it - Israel, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and an envoy from the United States.
Under the terms of the agreement, Jordan will sell electricity to Israel, who will use this environmentally-friendly power to maintain a desalination plant.
Israel will then sell the fresh water produced there to Jordan.
“It’s combatting the climate crisis, and it’s a great opportunity for the region,” Elharrar explained.
She said that the United States climate envoy John Kerry also played a role in the agreement, “supporting and helping” throughout the process.
“It’s a global battle, and if we don’t join together… I don’t think there is a way to win this battle, so I think it’s a great opportunity for countries to come together,” the minister emphasized.
The partnership deal is a milestone along Israel’s declared path towards becoming the “climate innovation nation.”
Earlier this month, at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the country is encouraging developments in green technologies and initiatives.