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Israel's energy minister said on Tuesday a deal with partners from the United Arab Emirates to transport oil from the Gulf to Europe via Israel should be cancelled as it was too much of an environmental risk.
Israeli Environment Minister Tamar Zandberg said Thursday that an oil deal between Israel and the UAE, which threatened fragile coral reefs in the Gulf of Eilat, has been effectively blocked.
Environmentalists in Israel have celebrated after the Israeli government said it would not allow more crude oil to be shipped through the port of Eilat, dealing a blow to a controversial pipeline deal with the UAE.
An oil deal struck last year as part of the historic agreement establishing formal diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is turning Eilat into a waypoint for Emirati oil headed for Western markets.
Boris Johnson is using the UN General Assembly in New York to press governments for tougher emissions-cutting targets and more cash to help poor nations clean up their economies.