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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and California Gov. Jerry Brown (L) sign a pact to strengthen economic and research ties between California and Israel at the Computer History Museum on March 5, 2014 in Mountain View, California.

Israel cut off the water supply to 45,000 Palestinians this week while Prime Minister Netanyahu was traipsing across the globe signing historic legislation with the governor of my very own state, California, on — you guessed it — water conservation!

Ever since I read about the outlandish conniption fit caused by EU Prez Martin Schulz‘s address to the Knesset (he had the audacity to question the water allocation between Israelis and Palestinians) Israel’s hypocritically alleged ‘innovative water management‘ has been on my radar. But imagine my shock in reading this “innovation” was coming to my own back yard.

NBC Bay Area reports Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Gov. Brown Sign Pro-Business Pact in Silicon Valley:

During a meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the two emphasized their joint interests in cybersecurity, energy sources and water conservation, and suggested Israel — an arid country with a growing population — might be able to help California cope with its ongoing drought.

“California doesn’t need to have a water problem,” Netanyahu said. “Israel has no water problems because we are the number one recyclers of waste water, we stop water leaks, we use drip irrigation and desalination.”

Brown said he would welcome their ideas.

“Israel has demonstrated how efficient a country can be, and there is a great opportunity for collaboration,” Brown said.

Efficient?  No water problems? Here’s a report Californians may not be familiar with, from March 6, by Middle East Monitor — Israel cuts off water supply to 45,000 Palestinians: 

Some 45,000 Palestinians living in the Shuafat refugee camp and the suburbs of Ras Shehadeh, Ras Khamis[*], As-Salam and Anata in Jerusalem have had their water cut off for nearly three days.

The residents said Israel’s water company Gihon started by gradually reducing the water supply nearly two weeks ago until it stopped entirely.

A member of Shuafat’s popular committee; Khaled Al-Khalidi said on Wednesday that 23,000 refugees had no access to water for three days while the residents of Ras Shehadeh; Ras Khamis, As-Salam and Anata have been without water for 20 days.


Shuafat refugee camp (Photo: Alexis Thiry)

Shuafat refugee camp (Photo: Alexis Thiry)

Shuafat refugee camp is within Jerusalem’s municipal territory, completely surrounded by a giant wall. All access roads leading in and out of the camp are manned by Israeli checkpoints. Chen Misgav reporting for +972 says “piles of waste and garbage, the foul smell of sewage rises from every corner” of the camp and that “intervention by the municipal authorities or by government bureaus is entirely absent” which means basic services like education, water, electricity, and other public services are woefully inadequate, if provided at all.

Not only that, residents live directly across from luxurious homes in the exclusive Jewish settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev. Palestinians who live there are Israeli residents but not citizens of the state nor do they have Palestinian identity documents.

Somehow, the idea of my state entering into an alliance with Israel on energy conservation when people are denied basic services in third world squalor two kilometers from the heart of Jerusalem, because of their ethnicity, is beyond my comprehension. Imagining Gov. Brown signing this legislation knowing thousands are willingly denied water, is inexcusable. Does he know? Do Californians know?

And what about Netanyahu’s claim Israel is the “number one recycler of waste water”. Do Californians know settlers routinely dump their sewage on Palestinian villages?

Hats off to local activists who showed up to demonstrate against this ‘pact’ yesterday. Members of Stand with Us were also in attendance cheering on this alliance.


Mountain View, California. Bay Area activists protest Gov.Jerry Brown signing ‘pact’ with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, outside Computer History Museum March 5, 2014  (photo sent by Henry Norr)

Finally, quoting from a Jewish Voice for Peace action alert that arrived in my inbox:

It is outrageous that now Governor Brown stands ready  to give our state’s business to a country that allocates water on the basis of ethnic privilege, lavishing it on Jewish settlers in the West Bank while their Palestinian counterparts receive a fraction of that amount, or are left dependent on rainwater alone.

As Californians who value our state’s proud history of  recognizing and protecting the human rights of all people, we call on Governor Brown to reject any agreement granting Israel preferential treatment, as long as it continues its brutal occupation of the Palestinian territories, and its oppression of the Palestinian people.

Sadly, he signed anyway.

* Thousands of Palestinian homes in Ras Khamis and Ras Shahada  have been issued demolition orders

Jamil Sanduqa, who chairs a local committee to develop the Ras Khamis neighborhood, said that over 15,000 Palestinians live in the buildings slated for demolition.

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  1. ritzl
    March 7, 2014, 5:05 pm

    So when does California start turning off the water to East LA? What’s that? They wouldn’t.

    Then why make a public display over a relationship with a country that does exactly that in order to hype its “swimming pools in the desert, no problem” claims? Surely someone in the California government did some due diligence. Enough to suggest that some parts of Israeli water tech may be useful, but that the overall strategy overtly and glaringly mocks deeply held US popular morality. Enough to conclude any such deal in private, without the fanfare of obvious, and public-record misrepresentations.

    It’s hard to get arms around how US pols align themselves with, and support, the continual, flagrant, demonstrably-wrong distortions that seem to be part Israel’s vocal self-image. One would think there would be a political price for supporting discrimination on a mass scale, if not outright, practiced, unfettered racism. Maybe soon. Maybe soon.

    Great article, Annie. Thanks for the “Page TWO” context (as Paul Harvey used to call his story-behind-the-story pieces), as always.

    • seafoid
      March 7, 2014, 5:27 pm

      Israel has plenty of water because it doesn’t have to pay the Palestinians for anything.
      California never ran slavery .

      • ritzl
        March 7, 2014, 5:59 pm

        Yeah, seafoid. So many ways to put this, but $3+B/year would go a long way to solving California’s water issues. Instead it goes to underwriting the violent water (et. al.) theft. I know it’s redundant to say this, but in a way we (US) all “run [Israel’s] slavery” with our tax dollars.

        The spiral (circularity?) of the US underwriting this violent/militaristic behavior, enabling fungible resources to be used as tech seed money in Israel (and not here), having it “returned” to us at a premium and with great fanfare (as if we couldn’t do it ourselves given the same applied resources, and perhaps more profoundly, drawing attention away from domestic innovations), all which leads to funneling more cash to Israel, is astounding. And the process repeats. Quite a racket.

        As a case in point, at the AIPAC conference one of the pols lavished praise on Camero, an Israeli company using Ultra Wide Band (UWB) radar to “see through walls.” It’s a good niche product, but there’s a company here in town, Time Domain, that invented the technology and you NEVER see US pols giving them this kind of showcased exposure for their products. Different, though overlapping markets, imo. But again, the Israeli company gets the spotlight from US pols.

        As you always say, it’s building up for a big let down. Too many contradictions/diverging interests to paper over, all the time. The questions are when/how long and how many lives (there and here) are to be shattered in the meantime.

        Peace. Resolution.

      • March 7, 2014, 11:05 pm

        yes, every american taxpayer who’s tax money he thought was safely stored in the US treasury for the benefit of his country, not israel’s, and who is the unwitting victim of the extortion racket between jewish israeli corrupters and their traitorous american puppets also known as US senators and congressmen, is, in a sense, all collectively guilty of everything israel does to the palestinians, but in a very distant way.

      • seafoid
        March 8, 2014, 12:53 am


        “The spiral (circularity?) of the US underwriting this violent/militaristic behavior, enabling fungible resources to be used as tech seed money in Israel (and not here), having it “returned” to us at a premium and with great fanfare (as if we couldn’t do it ourselves given the same applied resources, and perhaps more profoundly, drawing attention away from domestic innovations), all which leads to funneling more cash to Israel, is astounding”

        That is a really good point. I don’t understand why American companies aren’t up in arms over this kind of practice. It’s a foreign country and it doesn’t do anything for American workers.

        The US labor participation rate is the lowest it has been since the 1970s – the country is not producing enough jobs. It needs 300,000 a month and has problems getting up to 200,000. What is the point of lavishing Israel with money when this is happening ?

      • Kathleen
        March 8, 2014, 9:09 am

        You may have heard of Cesar Chavez and hispanic slave labor in California.

        One of my first involvements with workers rights. Well besides my mother taking me to a few labor strikes in Dayton Ohio

    • annie
      March 7, 2014, 11:11 pm

      thanks ritzl, i do try. ;)

    • hungrydave
      March 8, 2014, 8:21 am

      I have this kind of daydream, that after apartheid is all over, and the chokehold on american politicians is cut, there’s going to be a lot of newly informed members of the public wanting to know what the hell these guys were doing declaring love for Israel all the time at the expense of the USA. All these pathetic sell-outs will be falling over themselves to explain how they were just following orders, and everyone else did it, and others were worse and begging forgiveness as the lobby had them gripped so tight. Old TV interviews will be played while the politicians cringe watching themselves do the donkey then face questioning over what the hell they thought they were doing

      • annie
        March 8, 2014, 9:03 am

        like hauling out the old yearbook “what the hell were we thinking, that hairdo is hideous”

      • hungrydave
        March 8, 2014, 9:38 am

        Haha yeah, and a few of our British pols need the same treatment.

        Also i don’t post often so i’ll just quickly take the opportunity to say thanks for all the great articles Annie and keep up the good work :)

  2. seafoid
    March 7, 2014, 5:20 pm

    “Israel has no water problems because we are the number one recyclers of waste water, we stop water leaks, we use drip irrigation and desalination.”

    Record low levels of winter rain will beat Jewish self aggrandisation every time.

    “There is a great opportunity for collaboration,” Brown said.
    Unfortunate wording. Is Brown planning to be caught in an awkward sexual position by the IDF and forced to aid them in human rights abuses ?

    • American
      March 7, 2014, 10:36 pm

      No, Brown is looking at all the Calif Jewish money heading for his pocket.

      • Kathleen
        March 8, 2014, 9:11 am

        Jesuit education down the drain.

  3. concernedhuman
    March 7, 2014, 5:39 pm

    Here is a beautiful confession from a US congress woman .
    Does this question the authenticity of election process ?
    She claims the US president is sold , bought by Jewish groups . And he is not serving the purpose .

  4. Sumud
    March 7, 2014, 5:45 pm

    I don’t think Jerry Brown read Netanyahu’s PDS (product disclosure statement) before signing.

    Israel has no water problems because we are the number one recyclers of waste water, we stop water leaks, we use drip irrigation and desalination steal over 50% of our potable water from occupied Palestine.

    Watch out Nevada, all that lovely Great Basin groundwater is looking awfully good in California.

  5. Kathleen
    March 7, 2014, 6:42 pm

    So wonder if Code Pink, NIAC, End the Occupation will start targeting Jerry Brown?

  6. Susie Kneedler
    Susie Kneedler
    March 7, 2014, 7:37 pm

    Annie, Thanks for your brilliant analysis of sickening facts (on a day when you also made time to help me solve my computer probs from far away). Thanks, Henry, for your great photo and always-brave work.

  7. Susie Kneedler
    Susie Kneedler
    March 7, 2014, 7:41 pm

    OT: C-SPAN’s now repeating the “National Summit to Reassess the US-Israel ‘Special Relationship'” (C-SPAN now, rather than C-SPAN3, so more can see it).

  8. Hostage
    March 7, 2014, 8:08 pm

    Sadly, he signed anyway.

    Article 1 Section. 10 of the US Constitution still says:

    No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation;

    • just
      March 7, 2014, 8:51 pm

      So if Brown had signed any agreement with say, Iran, it would be a-ok? Would it be celebrated?

      It seems that the Constitution only matters for some things and folks, not for all.

    • David Doppler
      David Doppler
      March 8, 2014, 12:17 am

      Did you see Mark Shields on NewsHour today? Laying to our elected officials and what they’ve become toward politically active billionaires in the wake of Citizens United: “[they’ve been turned in mendicants, into supplicants, and basically into ideological eunuchs.” Could have been his finest five minutes. When he said it, I flashed on Pelosi telling AIPAC how the center of world innovation is Israel (not her home town Bay Area). Jerry Brown, too. What was it the SNL Senator said in the skit that didn’t make it to air: “Pass me that donkey!”

    • Kathleen
      March 8, 2014, 10:35 pm

      Hostage can you explain why the Red Crescent, Red Cross, human right organizations do not drag Israel into the ICC for war crimes?

      Does it have to be another nation state?

      • Hostage
        March 9, 2014, 3:58 am

        Hostage can you explain why the Red Crescent, Red Cross, human right organizations do not drag Israel into the ICC for war crimes?

        Does it have to be another nation state?

        NGO’s have no legal standing to do that under the terms of the Statute.

        1) The Prosecutor can initiate investigations in cases involving the territory or citizens of member states; 2) The Prosecutor can investigate any situations referred by the Security Council; or 3) the Prosecutor can investigate if a non-member state makes a declaration accepting the court’s jurisdiction and refers a situation involving its own citizens or territory.

        The authors of the Rome Statute were worried about a Prosecutor being an activist, but the ones they’ve had so far have been spineless. They’ve opted against pursuing cases using the excuse of ‘gravity’ or ‘interests of justice’, e,g. See William A. Schabas, Prosecutorial Discretion v. Judicial Activism at the International Criminal Court, Journal of International Criminal Justice (2008) 6 (4): 731-761. available here:

      • Kathleen
        March 9, 2014, 11:17 pm


  9. Kathleen
    March 7, 2014, 9:05 pm

    This announcement up front and center at Brown’s website. Let him know what you think.

  10. March 7, 2014, 9:12 pm

    I love this picture. It looks like Brown’s just realizing that he got hosed. In fact, that’s probably exactly what happened.

    • just
      March 8, 2014, 5:46 am

      The picture depicts a governor of a huge US state signing a pact with/selling his soul to the devil who is looking at the document as if he’s choosing from a delightful and tempting menu.

      Jerry Brown– you’ve done a bad thing. A very bad thing. There are plenty of smart, environmentally conscious people in your own state that could have/would have helped you. You can’t see the forest for the trees. And I guess you forgot this, from wiki:

      “Brown traveled to Japan to study Buddhism, studying with Christian/Zen practitioner Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle under Yamada Koun-roshi. In an interview he explained, “Since politics is based on illusions, zazen definitely provides new insights for a politician. I then come back into the world of California and politics, with critical distance from some of my more comfortable assumptions.”[39] He also visited Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India, where he ministered to the sick in one of her hospices.[40] He explained, “Politics is a power struggle to get to the top of the heap. Calcutta and Mother Teresa are about working with those who are at the bottom of the heap. And to see them as no different than yourself, and their needs as important as your needs. And you’re there to serve them, and doing that you are attaining as great a state of being as you can.”[39]”

      (btw, the aides in the picture don’t look very happy)

    • seafoid
      March 8, 2014, 2:04 am

      It’s fairly biblical in the Jewish Disneyland as well

      “Similarly, the number of rainy days in the December-February period was only 40 to 60 percent of the multiyear average (which is different in different parts of the country). In the north and the central hills, the number of rainy days was the lowest it has been since measurements began. Haifa, for instance, had only nine rainy days from mid-December through the end of February, and Jerusalem only 12. In both cities, the multiyear average is 30.”

      • Walid
        March 8, 2014, 3:34 am

        Just as bad for the rest of the region, seafoid, for season-to-date rainfall that’s still around 150mm on total expected annual of about 450mm; ski slopes didn’t open, so no snow to thaw out when it should. Only 2 to 3 weeks left in the rainy season, which couldn’t change much and promises a rough summer for crops and people in the region unless freaky weather pattern starts dumping rain in the summer.

      • seafoid
        March 8, 2014, 7:43 am

        I think climate change will be the end of Zionism.
        Palestine can’t support that level of population consuming like there is no tomorrow.
        They never listened to the fellahin who knew the land.

      • just
        March 8, 2014, 8:21 am

        The next wars will be fought over water……not oil, not religion, not ideology. It’s all such a clever ruse and excuse to gain hegemony…no matter the cost to the oppressed/poor/struggling humans trying to survive.

        Actually, they are being “fought” right now, one, in particular, under our complicit noses…….right over there by the violent IOF and thieving Israel.

        (soon coming to Africa, Central Asia, South Asia………etc.) But in these United States, we still have climate change deniers……….we are so “evolved”/not.

      • Walid
        March 8, 2014, 9:12 am

        “The next wars will be fought over water…”

        That’s what the occupation has been about all along, Just, it wasn’t really the lust for land as we all thought. At present and for some time to come until half a dozen desalination plants come online in Israel, it will continue stealing 50% of its water from the occupied West Bank and has set up its quasi-immovable larger settlements on top of the main West Bank aquifers and about 30% of its water stolen from the Golan. So as you can see, 80% of all water consumed in Israel proper and in the settlements is stolen. The hocus-pocus with the recognition of a Jewish state is smoke and mirrors to continue stealing the water. It makes you wonder if all those Israeli sympathizers of Palestians in Israel like Hass, Levy, Avnery and like people think about how the water they are drinking or bathing in is 80% stolen. In their place, I couldn’t.

      • Walid
        March 8, 2014, 9:15 am

        These thieves will continue doing it until it dries out. Then with lots of fanfare, they’ll claim they had to make hard choices by giving up these sources.

      • eljay
        March 8, 2014, 9:29 am

        >> The next wars will be fought over water……not oil, not religion, not ideology.

        The next wars will be fought over whatever it is that a given Group A wants – land, water, oil, a captive consumer market, general subservience – that it cannot get from a given Group B peacefully.

      • ritzl
        March 8, 2014, 4:43 pm

        @Walid- “These thieves will continue doing it until it dries out. Then with lots of fanfare, they’ll claim they had to make hard choices by giving up these sources.”

        Exactly what Israel did with Gaza. Well the land part anyway.

  11. Citizen
    March 8, 2014, 4:36 am

    California signs water pact with Israel and US give Israeli firm the contract for building surveillance into our border wall in Arizona–Palestinians sure are the best lab rats, eh?

    PS, how does this help American jobs?

    • Walid
      March 8, 2014, 9:30 am

      From Citizen’s linked article, Elbit that’s getting the huge contract for America’s very own wall of shame that will run between $145 million and a billion is also into drones.

      As he said about the lab rats, most of America’s and Israel’s arms technology was road-tested on Lebanese by Israel in the south during the occupation. DIME munitions, Bunker-Busters, Phosphorus, tanks, drones and so on were tested in the field on Lebanese and Palestinians.

      As to Elbit, one has to rejoice, last month the Norwegian Sovereign Fund said it was still on its black list after having divested 6 million from it 2 years ago, which was undoubtedly done for show since the Norwegians still had about $500 million invested in various Israeli companies. Last I read Elbit’s annual statements on the net back then, it showed it had back orders of about 10 billion, so the 6 millions that the Norwegian pulled out of it was almost a joke. Announcing last month that it was still on the black list was also a joke.

      • just
        March 8, 2014, 9:39 am

        Some pension funds in Norway, Sweden and Denmark all divested from Elbit, but the US government is awarding them a huge contract– in our name.

        What a crazy government we have, still leading the way into the abyss.


        Walid– I still believe that it is all about the water and the land. They covet it ALL.

      • just
        March 8, 2014, 10:01 am

        Aren’t there enough good scientists/innovators in America to do our own work wrt H2O and surveillance?

        Do we really have to outsource our own ingenuity and know- how, or am I missing something entirely? I guess my hopes of sanctioning, rather than rewarding, the Apartheid state are just whispers at this point. The days of dreaming of, and making it to the moon are gone.

    • Walid
      March 8, 2014, 9:37 am

      “PS, how does this help American jobs?”

      It won’t; it will duplicate what it’s doing in the occupied areas of Palestine and hire the cheaper help. Most probably Mexicans will be hired to keep profits high.

    • Kathleen
      March 8, 2014, 10:34 pm

      “lab rats” indeed. Israel running live but deadly experiments on Palestinians

    • jgarbuz
      March 9, 2014, 4:06 am

      Thanks to the Arabs the Jews learned a lot about how to defend themselves. The Arabs are very clever adversaries, so it forced the Jews to find clever ways to defend themselves. Look at what Arab IEDs did to Americans in Iraq. Israel had that problem and found ways to build vehicles that could withstand them. Look at hijacking airliners. Israel had that problem back in ’70s and learned they have to secure their airplanes better. Arab rockets lead to the Iron Dome. If you live in a very rich country like America, where there are few if any internal terrorists and enemies, you don’t learn to defend yourself properly.

      • Ecru
        March 9, 2014, 7:11 am

        @ jgarbuz

        The “Jews” (quotation marks since you actually mean a subset not all of them) can’t be that clever. After all if they really wanted to keep themselves safe it’s not actually complicated just


      • Citizen
        March 9, 2014, 8:14 am

        US changed airport security since 9/11 and now also build military vehicles to withstand IEDs thanks to Iraq War. US has sophisticated missile defense systems. Who gets what military and security contracts depends as much on corruption & political favoritism as contracts based on merit and honest bidding. Tons of very experienced, skilled and highly educated, desperate Americans without jobs. Last week CPSPAN WJ had a long show on the subject & the callers rang the phone off the hook, so to speak. We really don’t need to be farming out any jobs to Israelis or Israeli companies.

      • Walid
        March 9, 2014, 10:39 am

        “We really don’t need to be farming out any jobs to Israelis or Israeli companies.”

        Citizen, go back to the fountainhead; the recommendation for this or that security innovation or procedures implementation is coming on the heel of an Israeli review and recommendation, the fruit of which more often than not is a new multi-million dollar contract contract for Israel or in the least an MoU that greenlights Israel’s direct involvement in American affairs. Do you have an idea how many of those are currently active? Congress just added a couple more.

      • just
        March 9, 2014, 10:56 am

        Far too many– all under the radar for the average American…..

        Thanks Walid.

        (iirc, someone taught our folks how to torture…..and how to perfect racial profiling)

      • Walid
        March 9, 2014, 12:29 pm

        Just, I counted 167 listed in the Jewish Virtual Library under various divisions such as security, science, education and so on. Of course there are a few among them that are amendments to existing ones.

        In addition to those with the Federal government, there are others signed with the separate states such as the one discussed on this thread with California and other ones with cities like with NYC on the Technion. Didn’t bother looking up these.

      • Citizen
        March 9, 2014, 12:33 pm

        @ Walid
        As i said or implied, US government contracts based on political favoritism and as bribes. Of course Israel is doing great at the expense of America–with the giant aid of US traitors concerned only with their power and material good.

  12. Talkback
    March 9, 2014, 1:38 am

    Jews-water-only. Well, not all of it. The thief does sell some of its theft back to the owner and makes far more shekels then selling it to Jews.

    Is this “Jewish” or an attribute of a “Jewish state”? Still don’t know what both mean.

    • Walid
      March 9, 2014, 4:51 am

      “The thief does sell some of its theft back to the owner and makes far more shekels then selling it to Jews.”

      It’s much more wicked than that, Talkback, first of all, the Palestinian geniuses at Oslo agreed that Palestinians would get 1/4 of what the Israelis draw from the West Bank while Israel would get the other 3/4. What this has degenerated into is that the Palestinians are getting much less than their allotted amount while Israel by restricting totally some of the WB water to Palestinians on the WB, is forcing them to buy the more expensive desalinated water that Israel is producing, which thanks to the water Israel is stealing from the West Bank, the Golan and Lebanon that covers 3/4 of its consumption, is resulting with surplus desalinated water that it wants to dump on the Palestinians and Jordanians at a hefty price.

      A few weeks back in the Knesset, the EU’s Martin Schulz raised the question that is depriving over 100,000 Palestinians of water while adjacent Israeli settlements are filling their swimming pools with it. Terrorist mouthpiece Livni later explained that Schulz had been wrong as Israel was actually “giving” the Palestinians more water than called for by the agreement.

      From Haaretz on what it called “Israel’s Watergate Scandal””

      “Rino Tzror is an interviewer who argues with rather than flatters his subjects. Yet last Thursday, he didn’t do his homework and let Justice Minister Tzipi Livni throw sand in the eyes of the public about everything regarding the flap over water with Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament.

      Livni was invited onto his Army Radio program as a sane voice who would criticize the behavior of Economy Minister Naftali Bennett and Co. toward Schulz (Bennett’s Habayit Hayehudi party stormed out of the Knesset during a speech by Schulz when he allowed himself to wonder whether indeed Israelis were allotted four times as much water as Palestinians). “I told [the EU Parliament president], ‘You are wrong, they intentionally misled you,’” she told Tzror. “‘That is not how the water is allocated. Israel gives the Palestinians more water than what we committed to in the interim agreements.’”

      The very word “gives” should have lit Tzror’s fuse. But Livni kept buttering him up in her learned tone, with her grumbles against the Palestinian position on desalinated water and the Joint Water Committee.

      So here are the facts:

      * Israel doesn’t give water to the Palestinians. Rather, it sells it to them at full price.

      * The Palestinians would not have been forced to buy water from Israel if it were not an occupying power which controls their natural resource, and if it were not for the Oslo II Accords, which limit the volume of water they can produce, as well as the development and maintenance of their water infrastructure.

      * This 1995 interim agreement was supposed to lead to a permanent arrangement after five years. The Palestinian negotiators deluded themselves that they would gain sovereignty and thus control over their water resources.

      The Palestinians were the weak, desperate, easily tempted side and sloppy when it came to details. Therefore, in that agreement Israel imposed a scandalously uneven, humiliating and infuriating division of the water resources of the West Bank.

      * The division is based on the volume of water Palestinians produced and consumed on the eve of the deal. The Palestinians were allotted 118 million cubic meters (mcm) per year from three aquifers via drilling, agricultural wells, springs and precipitation. Pay attention, Rino Tzror: the same deal allotted Israel 483 mcm annually from the same resources (and it has also exceeded this limit in some years).

      In other words, some 20 percent goes to the Palestinians living in the West Bank, and about 80 percent goes to Israelis – on both sides of the Green Line – who also enjoy resources from the rest of the country… ”

      For full Feb 14th article:

  13. LanceThruster
    March 10, 2014, 6:19 pm

    “Israel has demonstrated how efficient a country can be, and there is a great opportunity for collaboration,”

    Ruthlessly efficient…and your collaboration will be viewed in the context of who you do it for.

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