Israel-Jordan Water Deal Is No Way to Save the Dead Sea

View of the Dead Sea, Jordan, Dec. 10, 2013 (photo by Flickr user cokedragon licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license).
View of the Dead Sea, Jordan, Dec. 10, 2013 (photo by Flickr user cokedragon licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license).

In late February, after several years of negotiations, Israel and Jordan signed arguably their biggest bilateral agreement since their historic 1994 peace accord: a deal for shared management of fresh water. The landmark agreement calls for construction of a new desalination plant near Jordan’s Red Sea coast, which will distribute purified seawater to parched southern communities in both countries. Meanwhile, several hundred miles to the north, Israel will begin shipping water into Jordan, one of the most water-scarce countries in the world, via a new cross-border pipeline from the Sea of Galilee, a fresh-water lake. Hailed as a triumph of […]

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