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posted 13 September 2004 10:47 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
From this thread, we have the statistic that approximately 90% of the water drawn from the OT is used for Israeli settlements.

We further see that water consumption, per capita, shows a threefold jump from Palestinian to Israeli. This differential is another stark reminder of the very different standards of living attained depending on which side of the Green Line you happen to be.

It is thus of interest to ask, given increasing battles over water access all over the world (even in the United States there are disputes; there have been many strenuous and bitterly-fought lawsuits over rights of water access, and so on; no open violence yet, but then the US has a working legal system whose process and integrity are still largely respected), that especially in the context of the Israel-Palestine situation, access to water is crucial.

From: You shall not side with the great against the powerless. | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
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posted 13 September 2004 10:58 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
To repeat myself: Given that Israel gets much of its water from the occupied territories, and assuming that global warming will increase drought in the area, is there a chance in hell that Israel will ever give up control of the water-producing lands?

To drift a little [it must be the water] in Alberta water-use conflicts are happening and will get worse [oil companies sometimes inject water into the ground so it is lost and is not a renewable resource]. And of course when the USA runs out, where do you think they will look for fresh water? Will Israel's takeover of the occupied territories provide some kind of precedent? [how's that for towing the subject back in line?]

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posted 13 September 2004 11:16 PM      Profile for planteater     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
When has a country that can exploit resources outside it's territory ever given them up willingly.

Eventually Israel will be forced out of the OT. I can forsee one of two situations occuring (or a possible combination of the two).

1. the unlikely situation being that the US finally begins to take world opinion in account and arm twists Israel into resolving all disputes.

2. the more likely situation being that the demographic timebomb ticking in Israel will simply overwhelm the jewish population, forcing them to concede defeat.

Personally I hope it's the first situation, given the implications of massive bloodshed in the second. I highly doubt that happening though. For the near future at least, the OT are going to remain just that, occupied.

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posted 14 September 2004 12:43 AM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
And Palestinian applications to drill new wells are denied on a regular basis. With the construction of the divisive "security fence", choice Palestinian land and water tables are annexed by the Israeli's. Most people would consider this an unacceptable act of aggression, if not war. It is the Israeli's who are charged with the welfare of the occupied territories and all inhabitants.

The UN says that Palestinian's are consuming far less than the minimum daily requirements of water to maintain health.

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