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Jordan faces public discontent as Israel weaponises its water supply

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Relations between Jordan and Israel are tense at the moment, for a number of reasons. The Hashemite Kingdom, for example, sought to hinder Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to annex the Jordan Valley last year, which covers around 30 per cent of the occupied West Bank. In response, the occupation state has interfered with Jordan's legal guardianship of religious sites in Jerusalem. Importantly, as summer approaches, Israel has also thrown water supplies into the fray.

In short, Israel is weaponising the water supplied to Jordan in order to persuade the government in Amman to backpedal on its opposition to the annexation plan. In doing so, it is fomenting discontent within the Kingdom.

The 1994 peace treaty between the two countries was supposed to be a comprehensive and permanent agreement covering all water issues between Israel and Jordan. It recognised fair water allocations for each party from the Rivers Jordan and Yarmouk as well as the groundwater in........

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