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Khamenei-MENA Countries Should Halt Export Of Oil & Food To Israel


Iran's IRGC-linked Tasnim News Agency reporting comments from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for the export of oil and food to Israel to be cut, and arguing that Muslim countries should halt economic cooperation with Israel amid the widening IDF ground offensive into Gaza.

  • Israel continues to receive oil via tankers sent from the port of Ceyhan in Turkey, despite the strong condemnation of Israel's bombardment of Gaza by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Bloomberg reports: "Since mid-May Israel imported about 220,000 barrels a day of crude, of which about 60% came from the two majority Muslim nations [Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan] , data from analytics firm Kpler show. West African producers, primarily Gabon, are other big suppliers."
  • In 2022, the Times of Israel reported on the risk posed to Israel by its reliance on food imports. Highlighting a report from the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research, it warns presciently that "the likely main suppliers — Turkey, Jordan and Egypt — are less prepared for climate change than Israel, may fluctuate in their diplomatic relations with Israel, and may not effectively monitor the environmental and health standards of their farmers."
  • While Israel's actions have garnered widespread condemnation in the Middle East, it is unlikely that other regional powers such as Turkey or Saudi Arabia, or Muslim nations with closer relations to other global powers (such as Kazakhstan) will take their diplomatic lead from Iran's supreme leader.

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