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Normalized UAE-Israeli Ties Yield a Climate-Focused Trade Deal With Jordan

MIN READDec 1, 2021 | 19:59 GMT

Part of a new solar plant, funded by the German government, is seen at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan on Nov. 13, 2017.

Part of a new solar plant is seen at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan on Nov. 13, 2017.

(KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP via Getty Images)

A new power-for-water trade deal between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan show how climate-related cooperation could offer alternative paths for future Israeli-Arab normalization. On Nov. 22, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Israel signed a cooperation deal that will see the United Arab Emirates help construct a solar power facility in Jordan, which in turn will trade power to Israel in exchange for desalinated water. The United States also took part in the signing, which environmental observers cited in news coverage have hailed as a major breakthrough in Jordan and Israel’s efforts to prepare for climate change....

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