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Report: Egypt, Qatar Agree to Halt Gas Supplies to Israel

Egypt reportedly made a commitment in Tehran to stop providing natural gas to Israel. So did Qatar and dozens of other countries.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 10/4/2011, 3:16 AM

Gas pipeline explosion (illustrative)
Gas pipeline explosion (illustrative)
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Egypt, which currently provides about 40 percent of Israel's natural gas through its Sinai Peninsula pipeline, has reportedly agreed to halt sales to the Jewish State during a conference in Tehran, according to the Iranian FARS news agency. So has Qatar, which in the past has expressed its willingness to sell gas to Israel if the Egyptian supply were to vanish.

If true, gas prices in Israel could skyrocket until the Jewish State secures another source. Due to at least six terrorist attacks and sabotage this year alone, the amount of diesel fuel used to generate electricity rose by 103 percent since January, as compared with the same period a year ago.

The delegation from Cairo was among dozens of others at the 5th International Conference on the Palestinian Intifada, where participants announced the agreement to cut the supply of natural gas to Israel from their countries in a final statement issued by the “Political Groups and Parties' Commission.”

The two-day conference was reportedly attended by more than 50 parliamentary delegations, state officials and others from Muslim and non-Muslim nations. Among the countries in attendance were Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Oman, Afghanistan, Mexico, Hungary, Bolivia, Paraguay, Cuba, and Colombia.

The statement also included support for “the Palestinian Intifada” and regional uprisings and revolutions, and stressed the need to “increase pressure on international courts which shrug off pursuing the crimes of the Zionist regime.”

In addition, a statement issued by the delegations at the conference called on Muslim countries to “impose a strict ban on Israeli goods and activities of all companies and institutions with direct or indirect ties or affiliation with Israel,” reported FARS.

“All Islamic states are required to pay serious attention to this issue and adopt the necessary measures to prevent the import of Israeli commodities,” said a statement by the parliamentary commission at the conference.