Jordanian protesters chant slogans during a protest against a government agreement to import natural gas from Israel, in Amman, Jordan, October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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For one hour every Sunday, Alaa Wishah and his family sit at home in the dark.The weekly demonstrations in homes and on the streets of Amman are relatively low-key and unlikely to lead to a cancelation of a deal that would provide Jordan with gas for 15 years.The gas export contract is Israel's first from its new Leviathan field. Shipments to Jordan will start by 2019, traversing Israel through a pipeline that is due for completion this year. On the face of it, the contract signed on Sept. 26 allows Jordan to replace supplies from Egypt that became unreliable in recent years after a pipeline that connects the countries was sabotaged by Egyptian militants more than 25 times.The campaign's coordinator, Hisham Bustani, said the government will struggle with the deal, especially because the pipeline that will carry the gas from Israel to Jordan might be at risk of sabotage. It also puts Jordan's energy supplies at the mercy of Israel, he said.The Jordanian government is mindful of the difficulties, even with assurances that getting gas from Israel will be cheaper than importing it from other countries.
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