Water Conflict : Economics, Politics, Law and the Palestinian-Israeli Water Resources


This study of the conflict over the natural water resources of geographic Palestine -- Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip -- is the first comprehensive examination of all the region's shared water sources and the economics of their use in agriculture, households, and industry. The author's detailed survey of the surface and groundwater resources provides essential data for understanding both the extent and limits of the water supply for Israelis and Palestinians. By focusing on both the scarcity and the commonality of the water resources, he demonstrates why water has become a contentious issue between Israel and the Palestinians. The author argues that a just solution of the conflict over water is an indispensable ingredient of a comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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Sharif S. ELMUSA received his Ph.D. in regional development and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served as research fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies, Washington, D.C., and as advisor on water issues to the Palestinian delegation in the peace talks following the Madrid conference in 1991.


Institute for Palestine Studies
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