The lowest point on earth promises to rise high on the controversy scale in coming months. The Dead Sea will spring raucously to life with the kickstarting of a dispute about who must foot the bill for keeping it healthy.

The tourism and environmental protection ministers announced last Monday that the Dead Sea Works (owned by the Israel Corporation, in which the Ofer brothers hold the largest stake) will have to pay for dredging the bottom of the lake to remove the chemical sludge regularly dumped there by the industrial complex that extracts phosphates and other minerals from the saltiest body of water on this planet.

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