US would allow Israel to supply gas to Lebanon, via Syria and Jordan – Middle East Monitor

The US reportedly allowed Israel to supply gas to cash-strapped Lebanon via Jordan, according to local Israeli media.

Israeli Channel 12 said that an agreement had been reached between Washington and Tel Aviv to supply Lebanon with Israeli gas from the Leviathan offshore field via Jordan. From there, the gas will be transferred to Syria and Lebanon.

The United States recently dropped its support for the EastMed pipeline, a proposed pipeline to sell Israeli gas from the Leviathan field to Europe, via Greece and Cyprus.

The deal was brokered by Amos Hochstein, the US special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, and endorsed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the channel said.

There has been no comment yet from the Israeli or Lebanese authorities on this claim.

Read: US abandons EastMed gas pipeline plans due to ‘destabilizing’ regional tensions

The Israeli channel said the gas pipeline that brings gas from Syria to Lebanon still needs to be repaired before supplying gas to Beirut.

Lebanon is suffering from a severe shortage of electricity supply due to insufficient fuel needed to generate electricity, in addition to a sharp rise in derivatives prices due to the collapse of the lira and the lack of foreign currency needed for imports.

In September last year, the energy and oil ministers of Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon agreed on a roadmap to supply Beirut with Egyptian gas to resolve the country’s energy crisis.

Jordan and Syria have been interconnected with electricity via a 400 kV transmission line since 2001, but it has been out of service since 2012 for technical reasons.

Meanwhile, Syria has interconnection lines with Lebanon through 400 kV, 230 kV and 66 kV transmission lines.

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