The History and Potential Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Water Conflict. - Stanford Journal of International Law

The History and Potential Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Water Conflict.

By Stanford Journal of International Law

  • Release Date - Published: 2008-06-22
  • Book Genre: Law
  • Author: Stanford Journal of International Law
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I. INTRODUCTION Security and sovereignty typically frame any substantive discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, one dimension of the conflict, the allocation of certain shared natural resources, could be peacefully and expediently resolved without resolution of the larger conflict. (1) Important freshwater resources, the Jordan River basin and certain aquifers, traverse Israel and the Palestinian territories. Israelis and Palestinians alike are overly dependent upon these sources. This dependence has contributed to an ecological catastrophe. (2) More than a decade ago, the Jordan River basin annually discharged 1.1 billion cubic meters of water. (3) Today the basin's natural discharge is significantly less. (4) Additionally, the West Bank Aquifer, which has a sustainable natural yield of approximately 300 million cubic meters ("MCM") of water annually, is being overdrawn by approximately twenty-five percent annually. (5) The Aquifer's natural yield will consequently decline. Because of this consistent over-consumption, (6) Israel faces an annual shortage of 475 MCM of water and the Palestinian territories face an annual deficit of 35 MCM. (7)

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