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Israel okays Jordanian request for water after several weeks’ delay

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved this week Jordan’s request for additional water from the Jordan River after several weeks of delay.

The request was submitted a few weeks ago through the joint Israeli-Jordanian water committee, as Jordan was experiencing a water shortage. Netanyahu originally delayed approval due to escalating tension between Jerusalem and Amman.

In recent days, Netanyahu responded to recommendations by Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz and Water Authority officials to comply with the request, Haaretz reported Monday.

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The Biden administration also encouraged Israel to approve the Hashemite kingdom’s request, the Walla news site reported. Jordan River. (Screenshot)

Following the boost from Israel, there will be additional requests for water from Jordan, which is suffering a serious shortage, the Kan public broadcaster reported Tuesday, citing unnamed Jordanian sources.

Last month, when Netanyahu first delayed approval, unnamed Israeli sources said to have close contacts with the Jordanians expressed concern over the strained ties between Jerusalem and Amman, accusing Netanyahu of endangering the peace agreement due to the........

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