From here on, over the next couple of days, I may do a bit of catching up with stories I would have highlighted but for the fact I was out of the country and otherwise engaged. To begin, and just as much for my own reference, here’s the executive summary from The Truth Behind the Palestinian Water Libels, from Professor Haim Gvirtzman at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies:
Water shortages in the Palestinian Authority are the result of Palestinian policies that deliberately waste water and destroy the regional water ecology. The Palestinians refuse to develop their own significant underground water resources, build a seawater desalination plant, fix massive leakage from their municipal water pipes, build sewage treatment plants, irrigate land with treated sewage effluents or modern water-saving devices, or bill their own citizens for consumer water usage, leading to enormous waste. At the same time, they drill illegally into Israel’s water resources, and send their sewage flowing into the valleys and streams of central Israel. In short, the Palestinian Authority is using water as a weapon against the State of Israel. It is not interested in practical solutions to solve the Palestinian people’s water shortages, but rather perpetuation of the shortages and the besmirching of Israel.
You can read the whole paper (which backs the summary up) here. It’s pretty damming, to say the least.
I have not seen this covered in any mainstream news. I wonder how many journalists will use the facts printed there to quiz any Palestinian speaker who next makes an announcement about water issues?
[First seen at Elder of Ziyon.]