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Blows continue to rain down on the Arab world, from its own people and from its enemies

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"Two blows to the head hurt," says an Egyptian proverb. But what if there are three?

The UAE has announced, for example, that Israel is going to sell 50 million cubic metres of water annually to Jordan, on top of the 55m cubic metres provided free of charge, as explained by Israeli Energy Minister, Karine Elharrar. Meanwhile, Jordan's Minister of Water and Irrigation, Muhammad Al-Najjar, said that a declaration of intent signed with Israel and the UAE will enable the Hashemite Kingdom to obtain 200 million cubic metres of water annually in exchange for electricity. Critics are outraged that this electricity will be used in illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine.

How can the Jordanian minister claim that this is only a "declaration of intent" when the UAE has already bought 1,186 acres of land for the project to be developed in Jordan? Who does he think he is kidding?

Meanwhile, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz has been hosted by the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, who also happens to have the role of protector of Jerusalem with responsibility for Al-Aqsa Mosque as head of the Quds Committee formed by the then Organisation of the Islamic Conference in 1975. Gantz announced a deal to sell weapons to Morocco, including defence systems and aircraft. This is an unprecedented move by an Arab country, and one which Algeria believes is a direct threat to its own sovereignty.

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