AMMAN (Dispatches) – Jordan’s parliament has approved a draft law to ban imports of Zionist regime’s gas to the country just days after they started under a multibillion-dollar deal struck in 2016 which is opposed by much of the population.
The motion was passed unanimously by Jordan’s 130 lawmakers and will be referred to the cabinet to be made law.
The $10 billion supply deal was originally struck between Jordan’s state-owned utility and a U.S. Zioinist consortium led by Texas-based Noble Energy, to provide gas to the country’s power plants for electricity generation.
It was not referred to parliament for approval.
Although U.S. ally Jordan has a so-called peace treaty with the Zionist regime the deal, which supplies Jordan for 15 years, has faced much popular opposition, with lawmakers saying it makes the kingdom dependent on the occupying regime for energy.
Many Jordanians are also the descendants of Palestinians who moved to the country after the creation of the Zionist regime in 1948, and view the occupying regime as an erstwhile enemy that expelled their ancestors from their homes.
The import of the Zionist regime’s gas has become a major focus in Jordan and sparked protests and calls for both the deal and the peace treaty to be scrapped.
"The gas of the enemy is an occupation. Down with the gas deal,” placards carried by protesters said.
Jordan’s ties with the Zionist regime have come under increasing strain since the gas deal was struck as the regime has moved to the extreme and since Donald Trump replaced Barack Obama as U.S. president.
Jordan’s King Abdullah fears the Zionist regime’s rejection of a Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank could spark renewed violence and see a new generation of Palestinians relocating to Jordan.