The Israeli-Palestinian conﬂict continues to cast a giant shadow over the political landscape. It discredits the participants, represents a threat to international security, and provides terrorist organisations like Al Qaeda with propaganda ammunition. And yet it could be resolved by the logical and moral expedient of creating a Palestinian homeland centred on the occupied West Bank.
One issue in particular inhibits that solution – water. Israel’s water economy is in such a dire state that the government will not countenance any handover of territory that could weaken the supply situation still further. One of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s main promises in the February election was ‘to hold on to the water sources of the [West Bank] aquifer.’ The Palestinians are paying the price for a hydrological crisis.