Energy Minister Calls to Cancel Oil Pipeline Deal With UAE Firm

Emirati and Israeli flags. (REUTERS/Christopher Pike/File Photo)

Israel’s energy minister on Tuesday called to cancel an oil pipeline deal with a company in the United Arab Emirates that would increase the amount of crude passing through the country, upsetting local environmental groups.

“I call to cancel the agreement. It brings no advantage to Israel,” Energy Minister Karine Elharrar said on Army Radio.

Israel’s government has yet to decide whether to green-light the deal between Israel’s state-owned Europe-Asia Pipeline Company and MED-RED Land Bridge, a company with Emirati and Israeli owners.