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Jordan Secretly Buying Israeli Water

A Jordanian paper reports that Jordan is negotiating with Israel, and not for the first time, for the purchase of water from the Sea of Galilee.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 6/6/2011, 12:06 PM / Last Update: 6/6/2011, 12:24 PM

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A Jordanian newspaper reports that Jordan is negotiating with Israel, and not for the first time, for the purchase of water from the Sea of Galilee. So reports Voice of Israel.

The newspaper, Al Arb al Yum, quotes a source in Jordan’s Water Authority to the effect that Jordan secretly bought two million cubic meters of water from Israel last year. 

Northern Jordan, which borders Israel around the area of the Galilee sea (the Kinneret), is suffering from a grave water shortage. 

Israel’s Kinneret Sea, the country’s largest reservoir and its best measure of water supply, currently stands at 212.38 meters below sea level – about 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) lower than its maximum level. However, it is currently at its highest level for this time of year since 2008. A graph of past Kinneret levels shows that the lake last reached its maximum capacity in early 2004. It then began a downward spiral for several years, which ended and reversed itself somewhat in early 2009.

The Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty of 1994 specifies that Israel is to transfer to Jordan 50 million cubic meters of water annually from the northern part of the country.