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Why stay with no water?

Reader comment on item: Ariel Sharon's Folly

Submitted by Andy (United Kingdom), Apr 6, 2005 at 05:33

I did a small trawl of the internet to look into the "water war" aspect of the dispute, finding that the Gaza aquifer had been turned over to PA control, but in a very short time the aquifer had started to become salinated by over use.

Maybe Sharon plans to move out, then have the Palestinians over a barrel by controlling the sale of water from other sources? Sometimes the answers are not complex political one's which seem intractable. Actaully, my information is that the Israelis have been pretty fair over water, as can be seen from the water cost differential, which is negligible. It seems the Palestinians have been totally inefficient in their side of the water management.

The "water war" is infrequently aired in the media, as it is not very sexy {well it probably is to geologists and hydrologists!), but, once fully understood, it can explain much of what goes on in the area. After all, water is economics and economics is politics.

If anyone wants the .doc I have compiled on this they are welcome to it.

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