Israelis and Palestinians Find Common Ground on Water

An historic agreement between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians aims to slow the disappearance of the Dead Sea and stabilize the supply of drinking water for all three groups.

memorandum of understanding signed at the World Bank headquarters in Washington this week, "will help save the Dead Sea; supply water and later electricity; and bring about 'strategic, economic and political cooperation,' said [Silvan Shalom, Israel’s water and energy minister], who said he hoped it would serve as a 'window for regional peace.'"

Under the agreement, drinking water provided by a new desalination facility on the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan will be shared by Israel and Jordan. "In addition to the desalination facility, a 112-mile pipeline would convey brine from the Aqaba plant to partially replenish the shrinking Dead Sea, a hyper-saline body of water," reports Batsheva Sobelman.

“This is a historic agreement that realizes a dream of many years,” said Shalom. “The agreement is of the highest diplomatic, economic, environmental and strategic importance.”

Full Story: Israel, Jordan and Palestinians sign accord on water cooperation

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