World in Brief: From the archive

Water wars

The World Today Published 2 August 2013 Updated 7 December 2018 1 minute READ

Many historians believe that the Israeli invasion of the West Bank in 1967 was a strategic move to secure mountain aquifer water. One of the first military orders of the occupation was the confiscation of West Bank wells. Since then, drilling of new Arab wells has been banned and the amount of water allocated to Palestinians capped at 1967 levels. Israel uses about 95 per cent of the annual recharge of the mountain aquifer… The average Israeli consumes six times as much water as the average Palestinian, a source of considerable resentment.