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Saudis attempted to block UAE-Israel-Jordan deal on energy, water — report

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Saudi Arabia attempted to pressure the United Arab Emirates to torpedo a major deal with Jordan and Israel on energy and water, a report said on Wednesday.

The UAE-brokered agreement signed earlier this week will see the construction of a major solar power plant in the Hashemite Kingdom to generate electricity for the Jewish state while a desalination plant established in Israel will send water to Jordan.

It is the largest-ever cooperation agreement signed between Jerusalem and Amman since the former enemies signed a peace treaty in 1994, and is the largest current renewable energy project in the Middle East.

The Axios website, citing two Israeli officials and another unnamed source, said the Saudis even proposed an alternative plan that it would lead, in conjunction with the UAE and Jordan, which would leave........

© The Times of Israel

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