Palestinian water questions

We are again grateful to Greg Shapland for the posting below. He is a writer on politics, security and resources in the MENA region. He was Head of Research Analysts in the FCO from 2010-13 and is now an Associate Fellow at Chatham House.

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  1. At a recent RUSI seminar Saeb Erekat, the chief negotiator for the PLO at Oslo spoke about the Jordan Valley where he said the Israelis “stole 92% of the land and 94% of the water making huge profits,” and he added the fact that Palestinians have to purchase their own water back at a stiff price is “shameful,” which it undoubtedly is. He asked why the UK was not supporting a two state solution along the 1967 lines: “Why not? Tell us. If you have changed your mind tell me why? I need someone to tell why the UK did not recognise the state of Palestine 100 years after the Balfour Declaration.” Of the Trump administration and the so-called deal of the century he said “They have put me in a place where I have nothing to lose. I will not talk to them.” Of Netanyahu he said the Americans have given him everything he has asked for so “why should he talk to me now?” He warned against casting the conflict as religious: “my conflict with Israel is not religious. My conflict is political and I warn everyone not to turn it into a (religious conflict),” adding “occupation is evil, anti-semitism is evil.”
    On a personal note, I am just back from the West Bank and one of the little commented upon but pernicious aspects of the water shortage is plastic pollution. Plastic water bottles are everywhere. We spent an afternoon cleaning up rubbish in the garden of my wife’s elderly friend who was recovering from a broken hip. We filled 8 large garbage bags with waste from one small garden and 80% of it was plastic. Much of that was water bottles from Israeli owned companies.

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