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Energy minister accuses Netanyahu of using ‘fake news’ to harm ties with Jordan

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A political spat continued Sunday in the Knesset over a recent deal to supply water to Jordan, with the energy minister accusing opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu of spreading “fake news” about the contract. Meanwhile, a past adviser to the former prime minister panned the latter’s approach to ties with Israel’s strategic neighbor while he was in office.

Energy Minister Karine Elharrar told Army Radio that the criticism of last week’s deal, which will see Israel double the amount of water it is supplying to Jordan, was an attempt to damage relations between the two countries.

Last week, the two countries agreed that Israel would sell an additional 50 million cubic meters of water a year to Jordan, doubling what it already supplies.

Netanyahu criticized the deal for giving away more than Israel is receiving in return. In a statement, his Likud party said that while he recognizes the importance of ties with Jordan, Netanyahu’s approach as prime minister was that relations should be mutual, and that if Israel gives, it should also receive.

“That is not the way things are being handled........

© The Times of Israel

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