Jordan has reportedly decided to cancel a highly touted joint project with Israel and the Palestinian Authority for a canal linking the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, after years of the plan stagnating. Sources in Jordan told KAN that the kingdom has decided to drop the project because there was “no real Israeli desire” for the plan to go ahead. Instead, Jordan will focus on a potential internal project that will see water pumped from the Red Sea, desalinated at a facility in Aqaba, and then piped to the rest of the drought-hit country.

The Red Sea-Dead Sea canal project, initiated in 2013, has long been delayed by bureaucratic hurdles, financing difficulties and environmentalist objections. The project was further harmed by diplomatic tensions between Israel and Jordan, although newly installed Foreign Minister Yair Lapid this week signaled an interest in better ties, praising Jordan's King Abdullah as “an important strategic ally” and promising to work with him. KAN reporter Naomi Segal heard more about the developments from Ksenia Svetlova, a senior researcher at the IDC Interdisciplinary Center Institute for Policy and Strategy, and a fellow at Mitvim, the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, and a former Knesset member.