Under the title “Deal of Shame,” the Israeli Channel 11 broadcast an investigation into widespread corruption allegations, which it said concerned a secret deal worth billions of dollars between the UAE and Israel.
The Emirati-Israeli deal of shame
According to the Israeli investigation, the matter is related to a secret agreement between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the UAE, to transfer oil from the Emirates to Ashkelon and then to Europe.
The investigation confirmed that the agreement was made in exchange for billions of dollars, and no one at the top of the Israeli policy pyramid knows who they are going to.
It is noteworthy that a few days ago, the Israeli TV channel “Kan” revealed that the UAE and Israel have already started implementing the agreement between them, which stipulates the transfer of Emirati oil through the “Eilat-Ashkelon” pipeline to Europe, in a move that may contribute to establishing an alternative to the Suez Canal.
The channel stated that the Emirati ship that arrived at the port of “Eilat” was in fact a huge oil tanker, noting that it continues to unload its cargo.
At the time, the channel showed the scene of the ship, which was connected to pipes that connect to the center of the “Eilat Ashkelon” pipeline, noting that six thousand tons of oil are pumped per hour into the pipeline, which connects Eilat to Ashkelon.
The start of work on the pipeline came after it was repaired from the partial damage it sustained after being hit by one of the rockets fired by the Palestinian resistance from the Gaza Strip, on the second day of the recent aggression against the Strip.
Israeli sources stated that the UAE and Israel have already started implementing the transfer of Emirati oil through the “Eilat-Ashkelon” pipeline to Europe, in a move that may contribute to establishing an alternative to the Suez Canal.
The investigation showed that many official levels in Tel Aviv oppose the transfer of Emirati oil, due to the potential environmental damage caused by the transportation of large quantities of oil through Israel.
It is noteworthy that the Israeli “National Security Research Center” explicitly called, in an assessment published recently, to exploit the ship’s delinquency incident in the Suez Canal and to offer the world alternatives to the Suez Canal, on the grounds that it is a great and enormous economic opportunity for Israel.
In addition to activating the “Eilat Ashkelon” pipeline dedicated to transporting liquid materials, including oil, the Israeli “National Security Research Center” proposed the inauguration of a railway linking Eilat with the port of Ashdod, to be able to transport solid materials, which are exported from the Gulf to Europe or vice versa.
It is noteworthy that the head of the Economic Council in Netanyahu’s office, Avi Simhon, explained, in a recent interview with the newspaper “Maariv”, that Israel and the UAE are studying two major projects that could indirectly contribute to reducing the need for the Suez Canal.
According to Simhon, Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv are considering converting the port of Eilat into a deep-water port, so that it can accommodate a number of huge oil tankers at the same time.
A strong blow to the Jordanian port of Aqaba
If this project is implemented, it will constitute a severe blow to the Jordanian port of Aqaba, and it will be a strong competitor to the Egyptian ports on the Suez Canal. Samhoun pointed to another project, which is the inauguration of a direct railway line between Haifa Port and Abu Dhabi, passing through Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
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Last October, Israel and the UAE signed a preliminary agreement regarding the shipment of crude oil and petroleum products coming from the UAE, the third largest oil producer in OPEC, to European markets via an oil pipeline in Israel linking the Red Bahrain and the Mediterranean.
The pipeline, built in the 1960s, was intended to transport crude oil from oil-producing countries in the Gulf to European markets.
Israel built the line jointly with Iran in 1968, but the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979 marked the end of the partnership between the two countries.
In the context of promoting economic normalization between the two parties, Israelis and Emiratis met, on Wednesday, at the luxurious Armani Hotel inside the world’s tallest skyscraper in Dubai, to discuss investment opportunities, with the aim of achieving maximum benefit from the depth of relations between the two countries nine months after the agreement that formalized on the relations between the two countries.
Talks between the two parties focused on laser-based industries, and touched on boosting tourism, creating jobs, sharing technology, diversifying economies and addressing water scarcity issues.
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