Israeli minister has requested to end a deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to transport Emirati crude oil to Europe via the Zionist entity.
Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection Tamar Zandberg made the request citing environmental and security concerns, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.
Israel Hayom newspaper said a diplomatic crisis looms between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi after the request by Zandberg, who belongs to the leftist Meretz Party, to cancel the agreement signed between the state firm Europe Asia Pipeline Co (EAPC) and UAE-based MED-RED Land Bridge Ltd to transport crude oil and fuel from the Gulf to Western markets via a pipeline between Eilat on the Red Sea and the Mediterranean port of Ashkelon.
UAE officials reportedly warned of a crisis with the Israeli government if the agreement is canceled, amid warnings that the move might affect their normalization agreement, which was signed between the two sides in September 2020.
So far, neither the Israeli government nor UAE authorities confirmed the report.
The deal between Israel and the UAE has raised concerns in Egypt as it will affect the transporting of oil via the Suez Canal where its revenues may be affected.
Source: Israeli media