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In Rare Deal, Israel, Jordan And Palestinian Authority Shake Hands Over One Thing: Water

Environment  (tags: world, news, goodnews, politics, israel, palestine, water, environment, conservation, ecosystems, green, GoodNews, government, world, protection, radia-active )

- 2016 days ago -
On Monday, in a moment of rarity, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority signed a historic agreement at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., aimed at fostering water cooperation and initiating a project to help "save" the body of water.


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Christeen A (300)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 5:07 am
Good news. Water is one of our most valuable resources. Thank you.

Winn Adams (179)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 6:32 am
Good - I hope it lasts.

pam w (139)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 7:01 am
WOW! Can it really happen?

divergent revolution (309)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 7:51 am

Beth S (330)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 8:12 am
In terms of political feats, this is a real way to coalesce the beginnings of a tangible peace, built on economic cooperation and benefit. Of course, the Israelis have had a peace agreement with Jordan for many years. Both Jordan's and Israel's joint arrangement have benefited from the minerals excavation for several years now.

What I don't understand is if the Dead Sea has ultimately been fed by the Jordan River (which is fresh water), why aren't its lowering levels being replaced with fresh water rather than with water from the Mediterranean.

Anyway, this is the most tangible working together of Israel and the Palestinians in memory, and I hope it proves itself to bring water to all needed communities and bear the fruits of peace.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 10:08 am
Noted & posted

Robert K (31)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 11:23 am
Holy cow! Hope it actually happens.

David C (75)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 12:06 pm
its a beginning....and very important.....water will be one major future problem and worth more than gold the way we are changing climate and over-using.......

Dr. Hermon Mihranian (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 12:27 pm
Jordan was and is always with the help of King Abdullah II, is the most peaceful country in the region. Peace in the region can only be reached with help of Jordan. Israel is aware of that.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 1:16 pm
Thank you, Cal, for telling us about this very important beginning of peace in the Mid East/

Patricia Martinez (63)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 1:39 pm

Jordan has been undergoing such internal challenges and threats to his kingship as to make Jordanian government be teetering on the edge. The Palestinians have little interest in the Muslim Brotherhood, but the Jordanian Bedouins have become radicalized and are trying to bring the downfall of Abdullah.

Besides that, there is fear from spillover from the Syrian war further destabilizing and adding many refugees.

Jordan's King Abdullah II wasn't expected to last past July previous. It is weak, but well-intentioned. We will see how this story ends.

Jordan's agreement with Israel is notably one of the most stable in the region.


Muriel Servaege (53)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 2:06 pm
Thank you, Cal.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 2:36 pm

Thoms B (1)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 2:40 pm
Icecapades also scheduled to perform in Hades.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 3:44 pm

. (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 4:01 pm
Interesting article-thanks

Janis K (129)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 4:25 pm
Thanks for sharing

Ben B (18)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 4:46 pm
Excellent! It is good to see that the PA is willing to negotiate over something. Israel and Jordan have enjoyed the benefits of peace and co-operation since the Peace Treaty signed between them on 26OCT1994. Very encouraging. May the leaders listen to their people and continue to work toward a lasting peace. If peace can be established, all will benefit from the increased economic activity.

Thanks for posting Cal.

. (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 5:34 pm
Noted & posted

Sonny Honrado (5)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 6:07 pm
This will extend the life of the Dead Sea. Thanks.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 7:22 pm
I am shocked, I say shocked! Nothing like H2O to cut across all discord. May it truly be a step in the right direction towards peace & harmony amongst all in the area. Do so hope the Red Sea will not be ecologically damaged.

Michael A (28)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 8:05 pm

Betty Kelly (4)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 8:35 pm
I am glad they realize that Water is a necessity for life.

Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 10:51 pm
Did you ever hear the song "Water" "Water" "Water"

It was well known about 50 years ago.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 11:48 pm
Good news. Thanks Cal

Inge Bjorkman (202)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 12:37 am
Love, Peace and Understanding, Is always the solution

Hilary S (65)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 12:58 am
people living in this small, resource-poor part of the world will only survive with co-operation. israel has developed remarkable technologies an is glad to share them.

i wonder if next thing the arabs will claim they developed these technologies, and rewrite israel out of the picture? that's what they usually do.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 1:06 am
A rare event indeed let us hope that this co-operation extends to peace in the region,

Cathe romano (52)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 1:44 pm
Good news! Water is a great common denominator. Let's' s hope this lasts.

Jade N (22)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 4:47 pm

Jason S (50)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 8:08 pm
Good posting, thanks

Madhu Pillai (22)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 9:16 pm

Ruth R (246)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 10:34 pm
Thank You. Where are the other articles on this topic -- wondering!

Past Member (0)
Friday December 13, 2013, 1:09 am

Alan Lambert (91)
Friday December 13, 2013, 1:12 am
Somehow, at least twice a day a stopped clock is correct.
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