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Egypt Halts Gas Supply to Israel, Concerns Over Future of Treaty Arise

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Despite major concerns being raised about the future of peace between Egypt and Israel in the wake of Egypt’s decision to terminate the a contract to provide natural gas to the Jewish State, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday that he hopes the dispute will be solved in a business environment, and that relations between the two countries will return to normal.

“We want to believe this is a commercial dispute, and not a political one,” Lieberman told Army Radio on Monday.  “The peace agreement is important to Israel, and no less so to Egypt.”

On Sunday, Egypt announced that it would no longer provide natural gas to Israel, a $2.5 billion, 15 year arrangement made between Israel and then-president Hosni Mubarak in June 2005, but predated and bolstered by the 1979 Egypt-Israel peace treaty, which stipulates that the countries will trade normally for products such as oil.

Egyptian officials say the decision to stop supplying gas to Israel was a commercial one and that Israel has not paid for gas Egypt has been sending.  Israeli officials say Israel was up to date in payments, and paying a fair price for the product.  “EMG (East Mediterranean Gas) considers the termination attempt unlawful and in bad faith,” said Ampal-American Israel Corp., which owns 12.5 percent of East Mediterranean Gas .

The provision of gas by Egypt to Israel has been mired in controversy and difficulties, with Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic party representatives decrying the agreement, and the pipeline between the countries being bombed 14 times in Sinai since the Arab Spring took hold of Egypt in January 2011.  The latest attack was on April 8. Ampal has been in international arbitration to get compensation for the supply shortages it has suffered due to the attacks.

Though Israel has continued to function normally despite the frequent gas disruptions and the current halt in supply, electricity prices have risen significantly since the pipeline attacks began, and the possibility of periodic blackouts during the summer has risen.  Prior to the attacks, 40% of Israeli electricity needs were being met by Egyptian gas.

The failure of the natural gas deal was viewed ominously by Israeli leaders on Sunday night, with the Finance Ministry calling Egypt’s actions “a dangerous precedent that casts clouds over the peace agreements and the atmosphere of peace between Egypt and Israel.”

Minister of Energy and Water Dr. Uzi Landau said that he instructed officials already two years ago to prepare for a halt in gas imports from Egypt.

Dr. Landau has spent the last few years in office preparing the country for energy independence, which is proving an even more vital strategy due to yesterday’s announcement in Egypt.

Egyptian Cancellation of Gas Supply Threatens Treaty with Israel

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Egypt’s sudden cancellation of its natural gas treaty with Israel is a flagrant violation of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, according to Israeli officials.

Egypt claims that Israel is in “violation of contractual agreements” of the 2005 Egypt-Israel gas deal, a pact decried by leaders of the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt.

Since the beginning of the uprising on January 25, 2011, the pipelines supplying gas to Israel have been sabotaged 14 times.

Israel called the Egyptian decision “unlawful and in bad faith”, and a failure to meet obligations. Egypt, said Israel is four months in arrears on payment, a charge Israel denies.

Egypt Sending 2,000 officers into the Sinai, Well Above Treaty Limits, to Fight Rampant Terrorism

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Egyptian Maj.-Gen. Ahmad Jamal said that Egypt’s Interior Ministry decided to send 2,000 officers and soldiers from the Special Forces to the north of Sinai, in order to increase security control of the area.

Jamal added that his forces would also send military vehicles, including armored vehicles and weapons, in coordination with the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

He said the ministry has already sent 150 officers and the rest will be sent soon. The main reason for sending them is to implement security plans, especially plans to protect the natural gas line.

Egyptian security sources said that Israel has agreed to adding seven army battalions in the Sinai, which exceeds the limits set in the 1979 peace treaty. The Egyptians wish to propose changes in security arrangements set out in the peace treaty, which they claim has made it impossible for them to govern the northern Sinai, because of restrictions on their military operations.

An explosion hit the pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan on Monday, for the 14th time since the uprising against Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian government’s authority in Sinai has collapsed since the fall of Mubarak in February, 2011. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The pipeline has been shut down since another explosion hit it on Feb. 5. Al Ahram reported that Egypt’s 20-year gas deal with Israel, signed in the Mubarak era, is unpopular with some Egyptians, and its critics are accusing Israel of not paying enough for the fuel.

Last week, the IDF’s Head of the Military Intelligence Directorate, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, said that “Over ten terror infrastructure in Sinai were revealed and dismantled over the past few months.”

According to the Palestinian news agency Ma’an, four armed men robbed a fuel truck belonging to international peacekeeping forces in the Sinai on Monday.

An Egyptian security officer told Ma’an that gunmen stopped the truck in Sheikh Zuweid, a few kilometers from Gaza, and stole 50,000 liters (12,500 gallons) of fuel.

They stole the fuel in order to smuggle it into the Gaza Strip, the official said.

Egyptian Gas Pipeline to Israel Blown Up Yet Again

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan was hit by an explosion on Monday for 14th time since last spring’s uprising against President Hosni Mubarak began.

Reuters reports that the blast took place in the northern Sinai, at the town of El-Arish. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The pipeline has been shut down on February 5 after an earlier explosion.

Egyptian Oil Pipeline in Sinai Blown Up… Again

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Once again, the Egyptian oil pipeline to Israel in the Sinai was blown up. BBC is reporting that 6 men arrived in van and blew up the pipeline near al-Arish. It had just been repaired after it was blown up on February 5th.

Syrian Forces Renew Attack on Hama, Homs

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

According to rebel forces, Syrian government  forces launched an offensive on the city of Hama early Wednesday, targetting residential neighborhoods from armored vehicles and mobile anti-aircraft guns.

The Syrian military also shelled Sunni Muslim neighborhoods in Homs, marking the 13th day of bombardment of what has been the core of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

According to witnesses, an explosion blew up a major oil pipeline near a refinery in Homs, and a large plume of smoke rose to the sky. It is highly likely that the blast was caused by government troops’ shelling.

Another Explosion Rocks Egypt-Israel Gas Pipeline

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Egyptian state television reported that another explosion has hit the Egypt-Israel gas pipeline on Sunday.

This pipeline has been attacked at least a dozen times since Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was deposed in February 2011.

According to Reuters, the explosion occurred in the Sinai peninsula, near the coastal town of al-Arish.

 

 

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