While the Palestinian Authority continues to rely on Israeli water and
electricity sources to keep its residents powered and quenched, Environmental
Protection Minister Gilad Erdan said that he felt the PA “can have an
infrastructure” if the authorities take more steps to implement basic needs,
like creating desalination plants and sewage treatment facilities.
Palestinians currently have much more access to water than any country in the
Arab world – excluding Lebanon, as it has a large river – and huge strides have
been made since 1967, Erdan said.
Meanwhile, Israel continues to supply
the Palestinians with freshwater every year, 80 percent above what was required
of the country in the Oslo Accords, and if the Palestinians would recycle their
sewage water as Israel does with most of its own, the Palestinian water supply
would be even greater, according to the minister.
“We told Palestinians
we are willing to give them all the knowledge, but they insist on using fresh
water and sending us sewage,” Erdan told The Jerusalem Post in an interview on
Wednesday. “We are giving them fresh water and getting back sewage.”
minister was particularly worried that along with the building of the new
Palestinian city of Rawabi, there will be no solutions for the household waste
and sewage created in the process, and he said he has received no answers from
the authorities there.
“I’ve been trying around the world to get help
from places like the United Nations and the World Bank to pressure the
Palestinians to cooperate because they are here to stay and we need to cooperate
on basic needs – electricity, water,” the minister said. “They can have an
As far as electricity goes, the World Bank is currently
assisting the PA in developing its own resources, according to Erdan.