Huge flames erupt from an explosion at Egyptian gas pipeline supplying
Israel and Jordan in El Arish, Egypt, February 05, 2011.
Egypt’s East Mediterranean Gas Company has informed Tel Aviv authorities of a leak in one of its pipes in the El Arish area.
The news of further delay comes as the resumption of the vital gas supplies to Israel was expected to happen on Monday.
The flow of Egyptian natural gas to Israel was halted five weeks ago after an explosion in the Sinai pipeline at the peak of popular protests against ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s regime — which was seen as Tel Aviv’s closest Mideast ally.
Meanwhile, experts speculate that once the gas supply is resumed, Israel will not receive more than one-quarter of the quantity supplied before the pipeline explosion.
Israeli authorities have estimated the damage caused to Tel Aviv’s economy by the absence of Egyptian gas at $1.7 million a day.
Egypt has been supplying 40 percent of Israel’s natural gas, used to produce 20 percent of Israel’s electricity, since May 2008.
The Egyptian opposition is openly against the gas deal signed between Cairo and Tel Aviv under Mubarak in 2005.
Supplying the enemy of humanity and terrorist state of Israel is a mistake. As these thugs continue to defy all international laws, blockade Gaza, and now blockading Nablus while the settler degenerates attack Palestinians, annex lands, ethnic cleanse and kill and massacre civilians, Israel should not receive any gas from Egypt or any Arab country! As the Israelis blockade Palestinians, Egypt must boycott Israel and/or exporting anything to this thugs-infested country!
Egyptians and Jordanians should immediately nullify their so-called “peace” treaties. If Israel wants peace they must begin by halting and abolishing their Nazi-like conduct and withdrawing to 1967 borders. Period.