Quotes and Notes Corner: Poisoning the Wells

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Here's some more from history's grab-bag and how it plays out in current events.

In January of 2003, the news agency of the United Arab Emirates, WAM, reported that the Emirates-based Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow-Up published a book titled Israel's Water Security, "dealing with the conflict
Once upon a time, the libel was that Jews poison the wells; now it's that Jews block the wells.
arising from the Israeli plans and expansionist designs." The book attempts to "analyze the repercussions of these designs on Arab security," WAM reported.

After noting that the water security policy of Israel is merely a cover for "expansionist designs," the United Arab Emirates news agency presents the Zayed Centre's conclusion: "Israel does not suffer from any shortage of water, as do other countries in its neighborhood. It only hopes to escalate the problem in order to gain benefits and to justify its hegemony and control over the natural resources, including water, in the region." The only answer, WAM concludes the issue, is "a collective Arab action to challenge these designs."

What has this to do with 2008? It makes me wonder if B'tselem is taking part in that "collective Arab action" consciously or just by coincidence.

BTselem claimed that "the chronic water shortage results in large part from Israel's discriminatory policy in distributing the joint water resources in the West Bank and the limits it places on the Palestinian Authority's ability to drill new wells."

Once upon a time, the libel was that Jews poison the wells; now it's that Jews block the wells.

Did I say "libel"?

As reported here on Israel National News:

"Mekorot, the national water company, denied allegations made by the B’Tselem group that Israel has discriminatory water policies in Arab villages in Judea and Samaria. The company reported that it provided more water in these areas than was required under the Oslo agreements.

"...Mekorot said it provided 500 million cubic meters per year to Arab controlled areas of Judea and Samaria which was 30 percent more than required under current arrangements. This means that Israel supplies 80 percent of the Arab-controlled areas' water needs. The National Water Authority responded that shortages in these areas were caused by the poor infrastructure built by the PA and local water thieves."

And this during the week of parshat Chukat, which emphasizes the role of water for the Jews during their passage through the Sinai desert.

Researched, compiled and presented by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz